The Mini-Public on What Future-Proof Education Looks Like (Wie sieht zukunftstaugliche Bildung aus?) involved 20 citizens creating recommendations regarding education across 1.5 days.
Problems and Purpose
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
This mini-public was commissioned by the government of Vorarlberg and professionally organized and facilitated by the Büro für Zukunftsfragen.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Participants were selected using population registers (600 invitations were sent out, about 60 responded, with 1/3 positive responses). 21 registered, while 20 showed up. It is unclear however which criteria were applied for the selection among the random population.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
The mini-public formulated policy recommendations, which were publicly presented at a Bürgercafé (Citizens’ Café) on June 7th 2013, including citizens and politicians (around 100 people). The recommendations focused on (1) improving pedagogical competences; (2) enhancing talents and encourage strengths; (3) triangle of parents, teachers, students; (4) flexible, life-long education offering diversity instead of all the same; (5) increasing the reputation of apprenticeship system (Lehrberufe) ; (6) education starting with the family. In addition, an uptake of recommendations from representatives of education organizations took place in a one-day workshop (June 8th 2013) to look into concrete implementation possibilities (around 25 people). Both the Bürgercafe and the workshop resulted in a magazine (Gute Aussichten – good outlook).
Analysis and Lessons Learned
This entry is based on the POLITICIZE dataset. More information can be found at the following links:
- Paulis, Emilien; Pilet, Jean-Benoit; Panel, Sophie; Vittori, Davide; Close, Caroline, 2020, "POLITICIZE Dataset", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/Z7X6GT, Harvard Dataverse, V1
- Pilet J-B, Paulis E, Panel S.,Vitori D & Close C. 202X The POLITICIZE Dataset: an inventory of Deliberative Mini-Publics (DMPs) in Europe. European Political Science.