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The focus group nb.2 and INTENTS project leaders are pleased to display to you the new publication "SAVOIRS01: The profession of circus arts teacher in professional schools - Towards defining a European competency framework”

The SAVOIRS01 publication follows on directly from the SAVOIRS00 publication: “Reflection on competencies in the circus arts teaching profession and needs for continuing professional development” which identified 7 generic competencies for this profession.

To obtain a closer study to reality and based on a scientific method, the FEDEC and the FFEC have called upon specialists in qualifications and professionalisation. Thus, it stems from the joint work of researchers specialised in Educational Sciences and Sociology of the Centre d’Études et de Recherches sur les Emplois et les Professionnalisations (Centre for Studies and Research on jobs and professionalisation - CEREP) from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne and experts of the professional qualification from the Institut Català de les Qualificacions Professionals (Catalan Institute of Professional Qualifications - ICQP) affiliated with the Catalan Ministry of Education .

To carry out their research and achieve this publication, the researchers have:

  • visited 16 schools
  • organised individual interviews with circus arts teacher in order to participate in a definition of the profession, based on an analysis of the representations by the teachers about the profession and their career path
  • organised individual interviews of directors and pedagogical directors to contextualize the practices of the teachers
  • organised meetings of a "focus group", a representative panel of teachers, in order to collect and analyse the work situations of those who teach to build a list of work situations and nurture a competency framework
  • taking into account the work of reflection, questioning and validation of the FEDEC focus group nb.2 and all INTENTS partners and members of the FEDEC

SAVOIRS01 fully contributes to structuring of professional training for circus arts teachers by offering:

  • a description of the professional group of teachers in circus professional schools
  • a reference system of work situations
  • a reference system of competencies

The result achieved is a framework of competencies offering 19 units of learning outcomes specific to the profession of circus arts teacher, combining the technical, transversal and relational skills found within the panel of teachers consulted.

This framework can be used both by circus arts teachers and by directors & educational directors, who will be able to integrate it into their own strategies for managing human resources and for developing staff skills. Paired with continuing training pilots, it will also facilitate the validation of formal and non-formal teachers’ skills.

The FEDEC and the FFEC would like to address their warm gratitude to the people who contributed to achieve the study.

The publication will be available in French and in English within a few weeks.

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