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2.11.2010

GrafStat - Software for Empirical Studies in Civic Education

The software GrafStat supports the development and, respectively, modification and design of questionnaires, provides different modes of feeding data, enables manifold versions of evaluating data in a very simple way, offers a wide spectrum of possibilities to graphically present results at exhibitions, on website presentations and in reports, and supports the realisation and presentation of surveys on the internet.

The didactic profile of "Research-with-GrafStat"-projects developed for citizenship education is arranged consistently in such a way as to address teenagers not so much as learners, but rather as persons who are interested in gaining insights, clarifying empirical facts, coming to decisions and representing those in public. Therefore, it is a powerful tool for participatory citizenship education in schools and youth as well as adult learning facilities. Since 2007 an international version called GrafStat International - "Youth and Europe" exists in four languages (German, English, French and Polish), which offers a number of highly usable examples of how the software GrafStat enables the conduct of high-quality surveys, both evaluating international youth group encounters and youth projects, as well as exploring the topic "Youth and Europe". An Italian version is being prepared at the moment.

"Youth and Europe" is also the heading of a unit focussing on European policies, which integrates a classical teaching unit into an activating practical research project. Main idea: Young people interview young people about their opinions on Europe and the EU, and about their viewpoint on the future of Europe. Referring to typical problems of European policies, pupils obtain knowledge about the development of the European Union, European institutions and the political process. At the moment the materials of the teaching unit are available in German only. However, the questionnaire is partly based on questions in the Eurobarometer and available in several languages. The aim is to enable co-operation between schools, classes and out-of-school educational agencies in different European countries. Surveys should be conducted in different European countries. The results are shared, and students then have a data basis for an international comparison of young people´s visions of the future of Europe. Joint future workshops to develop new perspectives for the future of the EU can be initialised between partner schools on the basis of the results of the survey. The Federal Agency for Civic Education supports the advancement of GrafStat as well as the development of projects for the classroom.

More information available at:

www.bpb.de/grafstat
www.forschen-mit-grafstat.de/
www.grafstat.de

Also, you may find information about GrafStat at the NECE Website Events/Documentation (Networking Conference in Strasbourg 2008).

Contacts:

Uwe Diener (Programme author)

University of Münster (Germany)
Department for Educational and Social Studies
Wolfgang Sander (Administration)
Sabine Kühmichel
E-Mail: info@forschenmitgrafstat.de

Federal Agency for Civic Education
Franz Kiefer, Koordinierungsstelle Didaktik

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