The Values of living together: how to assess their evolution within intercultural student exchanges

Colle di Val d'Elsa, November 4th-6th, 2021

The Forum of 2021 will continue the discussion started in the Forum of 2019 on the topic of “Value education in students’ exchange”. The aim is to deepen the topic and to assess the changes that might/should occur in exchange participants towards valuing human dignity and human rights, respect for differences, active participation in the life of multicultural democratic societies.

It will revolve around three presentations that will be discussed both in plenary sessions and in smaller groups:

  1. A presentation of World and European values as they are evolving by Ferruccio Biolcati and Riccardo Ladini, University of Milan, which is the Italian link to the Stockholm based WVS and to the EVS Foundation;
  2. The outcomes of the 2018 OECD PISA survey that included an assessment of the Global Competence of pupils age 15 from around the world;
  3. The DICTAM (Developing Intercultural Competence Through Adolescents’ Mobility) study by Mattia Baiutti, Darla Deardorff, Roberto Ruffino on the level of intercultural competence acquired by 400 students involved in different types of exchanges;

Desired outcome:

  • Recommendations for schools when running student exchanges: a practical set of implications from all 3 of these studies that AFS and likeminded organizations can use to promote exchanges
  • What changes should occur in exchange participants towards valuing human dignity and human rights, respect for differences, and active participation as a global citizen and what is evidence of these changes?





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