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The European Pedagogical Exchanges (EPE) network

With the support of the European Union (Leonardo project), the FEDEC organises an EPE (European Pedagogical Exchanges) network that represents the first step in a large process of multilateral exchanges and teaching skills sharing.

The EPE network consists in organising, for the first time in Europe and in the world, seven vocational training modules.

Six of these modules will be centred around major technical circus disciplines, while the seventh module will deal with « Safety and rigging» matters, a principal concern for the entire profession.

Each of these modules will be composed of six teachers and six students. Besides these twelve participants, twenty additional teachers and ten students will take part in the module as observers.

Each module will take place in a different member school of the FEDEC between 2005 and 2007 and will last six days. The outcomes will be exploited in different ways and will circulate by different tools : evaluation meetings, technical and didactical handbooks, website and audiovisual documents.

The overall content of the module – including the continuous evaluation process – will be lead by a pedagogical coordinator. This coordinator, a trainer and teacher of international standard, will be responsible for the preparation of each module, the coordination and the analysis of the work as well as the writing of the detailed report on the outcomes, the supervising the audiovisual document realisation and the writing of the pedagogical and technical handbook following the module.

The EPE network is constituting a first step that must space out on two years. At the end of this phase, the exchanges network between trainers will continue its development on the basis of an tested methodology, in order to handle with the forty main circus disciplines.

Aimed Objectives

The objectives of the EPE are numerous and of several orders. Among them are :

• to promote and share the teaching methods and creative processes of each school while highlighting the widest possible range of pedagogical approaches ;

• to raise the level of expertise of all the teachers from member schools of the Federation through the exchange of good teaching practices ;

• to lay the foundation for a common approach in the circus arts training that also preserves the uniqueness of each institution ;

• to create a lasting, inter-disciplinary network of circus arts teachers and artists ;

• to validate and spread the most effective teaching methods to all circus schools, not only those of a professional level, but leisure schools and preparatory schools as well. This aspect is especially essential for insuring that all institutions involved with circus arts training can adopt and implement adequate security measures and teaching approaches.

• to stimulate the mobility of students and teachers alike

• to increase contacts between professional circus arts teachers across Europe

• to promote inter-cultural exchanges, including countries from outside Europe (Canada, Australia, Tunisia,…) ;