Welcome!
EUROPEAN VALUES EDUCATION - EVE
Me, we and the other Europeans
Fontys University of Applied Sciences Tilburg/NL
Who we are
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Students of Fontys University of Applied Sciences
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What is it about?
3 lessons as a part of the exchange between Cambreur
College/NL, Gymnasium Lünen-Altlünen/D and
Gymnázium Kolín/CZ
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exploring our personal, national and European identity
in a nutshell
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What is the context?
 1970ies: initiative from the universities of Tilburg &
Leuven  exploring the values of Europeans by
asking questions about their opinions,
attitudes, convictions about topics such as:
Europe, politics, religion, society, family, work, etc.
 Random samples: 1500 respondents of 18 years or
older
 Identical (translated) questionnaires – 37 languages
(CEPS/INSTEAD )
What is the context?
1981: EC countries +
1990: EU + Eastern Europe +
1999/2000: EU + Eastern Europe +
2008-10 4th wave! = 47 countries
How will it be organized?
3 lessons with discussions about:
- Upbringing, to explore our personal values
- Love and Relationship, to explore personal and
cultural differences
- Controversial Issues, to discuss a possible European
dimension
What is identity?
Why do we need identity?
Concept of identity & culture
How do we learn
culture or values?
By Geert Hofstede (2005)
Diamond ranking: upbringing
obedience
religious faith
learning how to
save money
hard work
tolerance
imagination
good manners
independence
responsibility
Diamond ranking: upbringing values
 What struck you when you discussed your diamond about
upbringing?
 Where did you discover diffrences and where similarities in
your group?
 How could you explain these differences and similarities?
 Do upbringing values change?
 How could you explain differences and similarities between
different countries (averages)?
Theory: upbringing values
 “hard work”, “obedience” and “religious faith”  more traditional
upbringing values (e.g. demanded by (religious) authorities, or
necessary to survive)
 “ tolerance”, “imagination”, “independance”  more postmodern upbringing values (e.g. necessary to survive in an
individualising world in high income countries)
Checking the theory
Do you see a correlation between the following maps?
Checking the theory
Do you see a correlation between the following maps?
Checking the theory
Do you see a correlation between the following maps?
Checking the theory
Do you see a correlation between the following maps?
Checking the theory
Do you see a correlation between the following maps?
Lesson outcome
 We learn (some) values from our upbringing.
 (Upbringing) Values differ between persons, groups, cultures and
countries. (Diversity)
 There are several factors which have an influence on the diversity of
values, like income, being religious, age etc.
 (Upbringing) Values are changing.
 Theories can (only) partly explain diversity between people of different
countries.
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