On this page, you can find the teaching materials developed and more background information. To find out more about the different topics on this page, click on the button next to the title.

Teaching materials were developed to use the data of the European Values Study in the class. Studies show that teachers struggle to include controversial issues in class and that citizenship and values education is often neglected in schools. These materials will help teachers to work on these issues in class. More concrete, the project aims at increasing people's understanding of different individual perspectives about controversial issues and fostering European Citizenship and Participation.

Furthermore, you can download the open access publication Atlas of European Values (in English only), which gives a broad view of the results of the European Values Study (EVS).

TEACHING MATERIALS

You can search for teaching materials in three ways: by subject, by topic, or by attitudes/skills. The curricula of the participating countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, Slovakia, and Turkey) were examined, and all developed teaching materials were labeled by the three categories to make sure that you will find assignments that fit your purpose.
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INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

On the website, you have the possibility to visualize the data of the European Values Study in two different ways:

    - via the map tool the spatial distributions of the results for the different countries are shown;

    - via the classroom tool two dimensions can be plotted against each other for the different countries in Europe and compare it to the results for your group of students.

Map tool:

In this tool the results of the different questions of the European Values Study for different European countries are represented. You can also go back to earlier European Values Studies to visualize an evolution over time. The results can be shown for different respondent groups. Additionally you can also compare two maps by placing them next to each other. Apart from the data of the European Values Study, also results of the World Values Study and the European Social Survey can be visualized.

Via the selection and search function below the map, the topic you aim at can be shown quickly.

Classroom tool:

The classroom tool works with the 5 dimensions as defined in the theoretical background: migration, democracy, environment, solidarity and tolerance. These dimensions can be plotted against each other and against the general value dimensions in a graph. You can let your students fill in a questionnaire from which they can situate their own thinking within the results of other countries and fellow students and thus compare different perspectives. Furthermore, you can plot the results of different class groups in the graph and start a discussion from there.


Atlas of European Values Classroom Tool for teachers


Atlas of European Values Classroom Tool for students


Atlas of European Values Maps Tool for teachers


Instruction video for teaching materials

THEORETICAL BACKGROUND

Within EVALUE, we choose to work on five important and contemporary dimensions: migration, democracy, environment, solidarity and tolerance


These dimensions are combinations of questionnaire items of the European Values Study and are based on theoretical knowledge from social science literature. Each dimension is theoretically underpinned and gives guidance to the information in the teaching materials. This refers to the idea of powerful knowledge as mentioned by M. Young. These dimensions can also be compared to general value dimensions (postmaterialist values, gender equality values, cosmopolitanism, political left-right self-placement, political trust, social trust and authoritarianism).

In the table below, more information is provided for each dimension:

Dimension Short version Long version
Migration Migration_report_ENG_short_version.pdf Migration_report_ENG_long_version.pdf
Democracy Democracy_report_ENG_short_version.pdf Democracy_report_ENG_long_version.pdf
Environment Environment_report_ENG_short_version.pdf Environment_report_ENG_long_version.pdf
Solidarity Solidarity_report_ENG_short_version.pdf Solidarity_report_ENG_long_version.pdf
Tolerance Tolerance_report_ENG_short_version.pdf Tolerance_report_ENG_long_version.pdf
General values General_value_dimensions_report_ENG.pdf

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

All teaching materials make use of the data on the website that can be seen in the map tool and are built around a learning cycle model, represented as the “E-approach”. In this project we refer to it as the curriculum framework. It can encompass up to five E’s, each representing a step in the teaching flow: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate

Curriculum framework