Collective Capacity Building

Shaping Education and Communication in Knowledge Society


The theme of Collective Capacity Building (CCB) is a comprehensive one, resonating with the complexity of the knowledge society. Such complexity requires contributions of a wide range of scientists, for a multidimensional understanding. Thus, philosophers, economists, educationalists, sociologists, political scientists, psychologists, scientists from Romania, Germany, Spain, Serbia, Greece, Cyprus, Latvia and Sweden have come together in Collective Capacity Building: Shaping Education and Communication in Knowledge Society. Their choice to discuss current societal challenges in different fields, in a transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary manner, illustrates how communication, education, interaction, identity, science, professionalization and others are (re)shaped nowadays.

As it is increasingly evident that the challenges of a knowledge-based society are more resilient to traditional approaches and the new focus is on how to regulate new skills and capacities, the contributions propose a more stimulating reflection and dialogue on how CCB can foster progress in some of the most intricate educational, social, cultural, geopolitical and economic issues today. In light of this, the contributors have addressed the following questions: How can we define collaboration in communication and educational theory and practice? What are the tools and the rules adopted by CCB in various practical contexts? How can researchers develop their theoretical perspective on CCB after their thorough investigation of current and complex educational issues and societal challenges?

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Simona Sava, PhD Habil, is Professor of Educational Sciences at the West University of Timisoara, Romania. She is specialized in adult education and is a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

Claudia Borca, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at the Educational Sciences Department, the West University of Timisoara, Romania. She is specialized in special needs education, in building up capacities through partnerships in and/or for education.

Gheorghe Clitan, PhD Habil, is Professor at the Philosophy and Communication Studies Department, the West University of Timisoara, Romania. He is specialized in critical thinking tests, especially in LSAT.
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Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Towards Collective Capacity Building in a Transdisciplinary Perspective
Simona Sava

Part 1: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Collective Capacity Building

1. Science, Truth, Democracy: A Troubled Marriage?
Mircea Dumitru
2. Capacity Building by Enculturation
Ekkehard Nuissl
3. Cultural Heritage, Identity and Collective Capacity Building
Sorin Vlad Predescu
4. Recovering Parsons through Roma’s Voices for Constructing European Societal Community
Teresa Sordé, Olga Serradell, Esther Oliver and Emilia Aiello
5. Distorting the Message of Religious Symbols by Fallacious Reasoning in the Electoral Posters of Political Campaigns
Gheorghe Clitan and Oana Barbu-Kleitsch
6. Political Communication on Social Media during February 2017 Protests in Romania
Simona Bader
7. Learning Democracy: Beyond the Traditional Didactics
Katarina Popovic, Maja Maksimovic and Aleksa Jovanovic
8. Critical Reflection in Contemporary Adult Education: An Essential Element for Personal and Collective Capacity Building
George A. Koulaouzides and Theodoros Koutroukis

Part 2: Collective Capacity Building in Higher Education

9. Who Are the Knowledge Producers in Higher Education? An Inquiry into the Self-Perceptions of Postdoctoral Researchers in Higher Education in Spanish Universities
Georgeta Ion and Marina Tomàs-Folch
10. Nudging Generation Y towards Education for Sustainability
Liliana Donath, Monica Boldea and Ana-Maria Popa
11. Capacity Building in Initial Teacher Education (ITE): Collaboration for Collective Capacity Building
Irina Maslo and Mikael Cronhjort
12. Building Collective Capacity for Adult Learning in Distance Education
Maria N. Gravani
13. Nurturing the Well-Being of University Students for Improved Capacity Building
Ioana Darjan, Loredana Al Ghazi, Anca Lustrea, Mihai Predescu and Mariana Crasovan
14. The Normative Value of Health: Epigenetical, Bioethical and Theological Approaches to Health Education
Aurora Carmen Barbat

All interested in transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary reflections on collective capacity building in education, communication, society, and anyone concerned with collective capacity building in higher education, in training of professionals.