Self-Development of Educators

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Training, teaching or youth work require specific competencies of facilitators and can be perceived as well as a learning field for facilitators. By starting to become familiar with models and approaches, gaining the ability to reflect on the concrete practice on a meta-level and connecting to others helps to increase quality, to gain motivation and to contribute to innovation in education.

Extending the field knowledge and also the personal portfolio, deepening understanding of complex issues and specific expertise, or improving the reflective competence are included or presupposed in many models for training of trainers. Together they form the quality profile of education professionals. The example here shows, that personal development is a multidimensial issue also for the trainers/educators/teachers.

Competency Frameworks for Educators

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Research and Learning


The ATEE – Association for Teacher Education in Europe is promoting the idea of teachers becoming "teacher educators". A teacher educator is a person ongoing reflecting on their practice and opportunities for their own competency-development. Insofar the educator, teacher or facilitator is a key person responsible for the quality of education, because their knowledge, attitude and skills for shaping "fruitful combination of both research and practice"'[1] have a direct impact on the quality of education.

The handbook on "Teacher educators pathways to becoming research active" shows the paths and motivations of teachers to take this personal learning step. The editors' conclusion could convince to dedicate working time on thinking and exploring the educational practice on a meta-level. A more conscious work on re-shaping competency based learning environments is a big chance and motivator: "If we learn one thing from the four brochures that are published so far, it is that teacher educators are educational travellers. They constantly cross borders and boundaries and do so with great enthusiasm, pleasure and never failing dedication."

Facilitation Step-By-Step

Competendo learning companion: Download

Our learning companion for facilitators is a self-learning portfolio tool for those, that want to work on their professional development. It accompanies you during facilitation work and serves you as a documentation and planning tool. From the content:

  • Checklists and tools for self-learning
  • Attitude and learning goals
  • Target group and institution
  • The concrete training
  • Evaluation and perspectives

The idea of this learning companion is to support your self-development as a professional, to help you find your definition of a facilitator through observation, practice or individual work. What you save here represents in sum our portfolio of competences and your characteristics. The companion helps you to collect experience and makes it accessible for (self-) evaluation in a systematic way. We encourage you to write, paint, draw or however it is comfortable for you to express yourself. Beyond individual learning it might be helpful for you to include other people. Different perspectives complement the picture.

Competence Model for Youth Workers

SALTO Training and Cooperation: Download

SALTO Training developed a competence model building upon existing ideas related to learning mobility and to the competences of youth workers. Furthermore, they analyzed existing practise in international youth work. The organization came up with a competence model consisting on eight competence fields. Each field differentiates between knowledge, skills, behavior and attitude.

  • Facilitating individual and group learning in an enriching environment
  • Designing programmes
  • Organising and managing resources
  • Collaborating successfully in teams
  • Communicating meaningfully with others 6 Displaying intercultural competence
  • Networking and advocating
  • Developing evaluative practices to assess and implement appropriate change



  1. ATEE Association for Teacher Education in Europe
  2. SALTO Youth Training and Cooperation Resource Center: Competence Model for Youth Workers to Work Internationally; Download

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann

Editor of Competendo. Coordinator of the project DIGIT-AL Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship. Secretary of the DARE network. Topics: active citizenship, civil society, digital transformation, non-formal and lifelong learning, capacity building. Blogs here: Blog: Civil Resilience. Email:


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