CEGO Publishers originates from the project EXE
"The Centre for Experiential Education" is based at the University of Leuven (Belgium). Through practice oriented research, development and dissemination it became one of the most influential educational movements in Flanders and in the Netherlands. Since 1991 EXE has been active on the international scene, not in the least in the U.K. where yearly more than thousand practitioners are introduced in the concepts and instruments through conferences and seminars.
The project generated a framework for quality assessment and quality improvement suitable for a wide range of settings: from babies and toddlers in childcare up to professionals in in service training. It answers the key question about ‘quality’ by pointing to indicators that help us to sense if what we are doing (the context) is leading to somewhere (the outcomes). The basic hypothesis is that the most conclusive way to assess the quality of any educational setting is to focus on the degree of ‘emotional well-being’ and the level of ‘involvement’ of the children/learners. These are the touchstones to create an effective educational context. That is how Experiential Education brings the process in the child into attention and that is why it appeals to practitioners and empowers them.
Aims and scope
The research of this centre focuses on the experiential education and training concept. Four themes are distinguished: (1) the exploration of the process variables well-being and involvement; (2) research on conditions in the context (of setting or classroom) which determine the levels of well-being and involvement in children, whereby concepts as ‘adult-style’, the ’10 action points’, the ‘five factors influencing involvement ’ are key variables; (3) development of instruments for assessment of deep level learning in children in the domains of self-organisation, exploratory drive, creativity, communication skills, physical knowledge, social competence, musical perception and the basic attitude of ‘linkedness’; (4) study of implementation processes and development of scenarios for internal quality control in early childhood settings and primary schools.
Prof. Dr. Ferre Laevers
Research & Development Centre – Experiential Education
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