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Published on January 15th, 2012 | by ECSWE

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Improving the Quality of Childhood in the European Union – Volume III

QOC Volume 3 2012

Published by the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education / Alliance for Childhood European Network Group

This publication consists of talks given by a range of experts to the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood (QoC) at the European Parliament during 2010/2011.

Contributors include; Christopher Clouder, Sally Goddard Blythe, Lea Pulkkinen, David Brierley, Dr Aric Sigman, Margaret M Clark OBE, Ilona Kickbusch, Peter van den Hazel, Anne Stauffer, Ezio Perillo and Michiel Matthes.

Introductory Pages & Index

Introductory Chapter: Being Creative in Troubled Times
By Christopher Clouder, CEO, European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education and Director, Botin Platform for Innovation in Education

Chapter 1. The Right to Move: Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning – Whyphysical development in the early years supports educational success
By Sally Goddard Blythe MSc, FRSA, Director, The Institute for Neurophysiological Psychology (INPP), Chester, UK

Chapter 2. The Integrated School Day: Improving the educational offering of schools in Finland
By Lea Pulkkinen, Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Chapter 3. Educating The Art of Life: Resilience and Creativity in Contemporary Education
By David L. Brierley, Associate Professor, Rudolf Steiner University College, Oslo, Norway

Chapter 4. The Impact of Screen Media on Children: a Eurovision for Parliament
By Dr AricSigman, Fellow of the Society of Biology, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Health Education Lecturer

Chapter 5. Literacies in and for a Changing World: What is the evidence?
By Professor Margaret M Clark OBE, Visiting Professor Newman University College, Birmingham UK

Chapter 6. Learning for Well-being: A policy priority for children and youth in Europe – A movement for change
Authors: IlonaKickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva with the collaboration of Jean Gordon, Daniel Kropf and Linda O’Toole

Chapter 7. Children and Environmental Health
By Peter van den Hazel, M.D., M.P.H, Co-Founder of the International Network on Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES) and Anne Stauffer from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Chapter 8. The Lisbon Treaty and the Rights of the Child
By EzioPerillo, Director for Legislative Affairs, Legal Service of the European Parliament

Concluding chapter: Improving the Quality of Childhood: A learning process on the level of society
By MichielMatthes, Secretary-General of the Alliance for Childhood European Network and Secretary of the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood at the European Parliament

List of Members


About the Author

As a group of national and international Associations we take our pedagogical principles into account in the way we work together. In an increasingly turbulent and changing world, we attempt to show by example that international, cross-cultural activities can be inspiring and beneficial and can help children to develop the perspectives and skills to make a real difference.



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