Competence Development and Capacity Building in Erasmus+: Youth in Action
The study aims to explore processes, outcomes and impact of training activities for youth workers and youth leaders in Erasmus+: Youth in Action, in particular training activities funded within Key Action 1 (Youth Worker Mobility), Key Action 2, Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA) and other support mechanisms for the development and implementation of Erasmus+: Youth in Action projects.
In particular, the study aims to explore how these activities contribute to the competence development of youth workers and youth leaders, how they contribute to youth work practice, and how they affect the organisations involved in Erasmus+: Youth in Action.
This should lead to a better understanding of the systemic impact of training and support activities within Erasmus+: Youth in Action. Furthermore, the study should also contribute to the quality development and strategic planning of Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA) within Erasmus+: Youth in Action.
Aims & Objectives
The aim of this project is to explore evidence for the benefits of international cooperation in the youth field in Erasmus+: Youth in Action, especially with respect to its contribution to quality development of youth work training and the work of youth workers, organisations in the youth field and National Agencies of Erasmus+: Youth in Action. This evidence should contribute to the visibility and recognition of international cooperation in the youth field.
- to explore competence development of youth workers and youth leaders through their participation in training and support activities in the youth field, in particular in the framework of Erasmus+: Youth in Action (including TCA);
- to explore how learning outcomes from such activities are transferred into practice;
- to explore long-term systemic effects of training and support activities on the organisations involved in Erasmus+: Youth in Action.
The exploration of competence development should refer to
- key competences according to the European reference framework for key competences for lifelong learning (see European Parliament and Council, 2006); in this respect, this study should build on the RAY studies between 2009 and 2014;
- youth work competences, in particular related to international youth work and youth work with an European Dimension, but also to youth work in general; in this respect the study should take into account existing literature and frameworks for (international) youth work such as the European Training Strategy (see Bergstein, García López, & Teichmann, 2014),
- the portfolio on youth work of the Council of Europe (Council of Europe, 2007) and related studies (see European Commission, 2014; Pantea, 2012).
The study could also be used to explore potential synergies between training/support activities in
different sectors of Erasmus+, with a view to a potential added value of cross-sectorial training activities, in
the framework of strategic partnerships within Erasmus+.
General research questions:
- How do training and support activities within Erasmus+: Youth in Action (in particular in KA1 and KA2) contribute to competence development and professionalism of youth workers and youth leaders?
- What is the European dimension in regard to the impact of training/support activities?
- How are learning outcomes transferred into practice?
- How do training and support activities within Erasmus+: Youth in Action contribute to the development of organisations involved in Erasmus+: Youth in Action, also in combination with other Erasmus+: Youth in Action activities these organisations are involved in?
- How could the findings contribute to quality development of training/support strategies and youth work/training/support practice in the context of Erasmus+: Youth in Action, including the work of National Agencies in this respect, in particular through dissemination and exploitation?
- How could the findings contribute to youth policy development?