Long Term Effects of Erasmus+: Youth in Action on Participation and Active Citizenship
"How did it change my life?"
Looking back at their participation in an international youth mobility project at a later stage, participants are frequently quoted to have said: “it has changed my life”. In line with this quote, this study aims to explore long-term effects of participation in Erasmus+: Youth in Action on participants and project leaders, in particular with a focus on active citizenship and participation in society and in democratic life.
Aims & Objectives
The aim of this project is to provide evidence for the effects of learning in projects funded through Erasmus+: Youth in Action on competence development, in particular with respect to active citizenship and participation in civil society and in democratic and political life.
- to explore competence development through on-formal and informal learning in Erasmus+: Youth in Action projects, with a focus on participation and active citizenship competences, in particular in the framework of youth exchanges, European voluntary service projects, structured dialogue projects and youth worker mobility projects;
- to explore long-term effects with respect to participation and active citizenship practice as well as concerning educational and professional pathways.
Participation and active citizenship are understood in a broad sense and covering all domains of life, i.e. political, civil, social, cultural, private and working life. In this sense, participation and active citizenship competences can be understood as competences, which are relevant in order to participate as active citizen and to live together with other citizens in a democratic community.
General research question
- How does participation in Erasmus+: Youth in Action contribute to active citizenship, in particular in a European context, and thus to socio-political participation in society and in democratic life?
Specific research questions
- How does Erasmus+: Youth in Action contribute to the development of citizenship competence (awareness, attitudes, values, skills, knowledge) and the ability to participate as active citizens, thus to apply the developed competences?
- What are long-term effects (i.e. 1 to 3 years) related to participation and active citizenship on participants and project leaders resulting from their involvement in Erasmus+: Youth in Action?
In the analysis, it is planned to differentiate effects
- between ‘short-term activities’ (with a relatively short core/intensive international experience, e.g. youth exchanges) vs. ‘long-term activities’ (with a relatively long continuing/international experience, e.g. European voluntary service);
- depending on different groups of participants (e.g. young people with fewer opportunities vs. other);
- between ‘hosting’ participants vs. participants visiting another country (‘sending’);
- with respect to changes over time (1 months, 1 year, 3 years after the project experience).