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Alternative Perspectives on Education of Youngsters in Prison

Conference – Symposium - Forum

23 January 2020 | Dresden, Germany

"Authentic Inquiry" is a method for learning, which starts mainly by the interest of any learner. In this project the method is used to work with young persons in critical life-situations. Participants of the event will experience the method in one day.

Anmeldungen aus Sachsen: Die Tagung wird auch auf deutsch verständlich sein. Sofern Sie sich nicht über das englische Formular anmelden wollen, können Sie sich unter Angabe von Name und Institution per Email anmelden: k.koenig@fh-dresden.eu

Education is one of the most important aspects in the development of modern societies. As the High Scope Perry Preschool Project study shows, education helps significant to reduce crime and violence. The European Project Re-engaging young offenders with education and learning is working on new educational perspectives by using the “Authentic Inquiry” as learning method in closed security context. This learning method starts by the interest of the learner and develops a learning-journey, which hopefully might lead to a positive personal idea of future.

Authentic Inquiry is an intervention designed to build personally relevant knowledge which is useful in education. The personally relevant topic is identified by the learner, enabling greater opportunity for connection with the learning process. This is done by taking the learners’ interest through their own narratives and stories (personal) and navigating this towards the production of an ‘artefact’ such as a piece of art, poster or other product that has some external educational value (public). By this, a connection between the personal and the public is developed.

On this conference we will explore, how to use the special learning method “Authentic Inquiry” as a method of learning inforced context and difficult life situations.

Though the project aims to support educators in closed security settings, the method will be helpful also for all educators and social workers, dealing with young persons in difficult life situations.

There is NO possibility to pay for your travel or accommodation unfortunately in this case.

See more here:



German: https://www.fh-dresden.eu/forschung/forschungsprojekte/renyo/



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Training overview


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This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for 120 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth policy makers, Youth researchers, Students in social work and education

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):

English & German


University of Applied Science Dresden (Others)

The University of Applied Science provides BA-courses in Social Work, Design and Business-Administration.

Last important European project was BA-Natwork: walking with young offenders: http://www.betweenages-project.eu/results.html

Contact for questions:

Karsten König


Phone: +49 351 4445 436


Participation fee

There well be no fee for participation.

Accommodation and food

We will provide coffee and lunch during the event but please look for accomodation for your own. May be Dresden is worth to stay one day longer?

Travel reimbursement

In this event we can not reimburse travel expenses. We suggest to fly to Berlin and take bus or train to Dresden Mainstation.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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