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University of Ljubljana

Country: Slovenia

University of Ljubljana

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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 2021-1-SI01-KA220-SCH-000024430
    Funder Contribution: 270,723 EUR

    << Background >>This project will upgrade global education through the use of debate methodology, transdisciplinarity, and digital education. The results of this project will provide teachers with the training, methodological framework, implementation toolkit, and digital tools to carry out global education that will positively impact students’ lives. The proposed diverse partnership consisting of schools, universities, digital education specialists, global education experts, and debate-focused organizations will work with teachers from 26 schools in 4 countries to produce high-quality results. Teachers today are facing an increasingly more difficult challenge - preparing students to become global and European citizenship. They need support in the forms of methodologies and tools that can help them navigate complex contemporary issues, like climate change or the Covid-19 crisis, that have to do with multiple school subject areas and require interactive methods to engage students. Global education has in principle been recognized by European policymakers as instrumental for instilling the importance of democratic values, justice, solidarity, and inclusion in young people. Further, in recent years we’ve witnessed young people advocating and protesting for a greener, sustainable future, women’s rights, and an end to discrimination, demonstrating that issues encompassed by global education play a central role in their lives.However, in most EU countries, implementation is still modest and the spending on global education too low. Further, the status of global education in the EU is becoming more precarious as the increase of votes for populist and/or nationalist parties continues, with anti-EU and anti-immigration parties gaining influence and political seats. This political situation makes it even less likely that the necessary educational reforms will be introduced and teachers supported in delivering depoliticized global education.This project represents a cross-European effort to answer teachers’ needs and support them in preparing their students for their future, regardless of where they come from.<< Objectives >>The main goal of this project is to support effective education for contemporary problems based on 4 key elements:1. Global education - emphasizes global awareness, citizenship and responsibility, the importance of green transformation; supporting students in approaching the world from multiple perspectives and considering ethical implications of differential power and privilege across the globe, creating a foundation for responsible action;2. Transdisciplinarity - focuses on making connections in learning across subject areas and among diverse perspectives, avoiding overspecialization and compartmentalization of knowledge and enabling students to tackle multifaceted problems, cultivate intellectual skills needed in the 21st century, and become life-long learners ;3.Speech and Debate methodology - deeply interactive methodology that brings together independent research, teamwork, critical thinking, fact-based argument building and public speaking and presentation skills, increasing young people’s interest in political and other contemporary issues and gives them the tools to come up with viable policy solutions;4. Digital education - we see the increasingly more important digital educational approaches as an asset rather than just a necessity, with enormous potential to help learners circumvent geographical and/or financial obstacles to high-quality education and offer different learning structures to students with different learning styles.This project’s results are:- fulfilling the need for an innovative methodology and teaching tools to support teachers across disciplines in tackling complex contemporary problems in the areas of globalization, sustainability, global health, identity and immigration, and media literacy;- increasing the number of teachers able to deliver such integrative and transdisciplinary global education through focusing on producing resources for self-training;- supporting teachers in educating students about their responsibility towards their communities, their environment, and others across the globe, even in contexts where school education is highly politicized and populist policies in place are the obstacle to meaningful educational reform;- directly training 50 teachers to implement the developed methodology in their classrooms, increasing the quality of education in their schools and its responsiveness to the needs of students today;- contributing to evening out the uneven global education landscape in Europe through translating project results to 5 languages and encouraging other organizations within and outside of our network to translate the open-source results into other languages, making project results as accessible as possible;- enabling teachers, teacher trainers and school staff from different national and local contexts to seamlessly use project results developed with cooperation and support from participants from different countries, settings (urban/ rural), and cultures;- supportive of even the teachers working in schools/ education systems where global education is already present to a degree - given that the biggest problem in those kinds of settings is providing practical opportunities for students to achieve in-depth learning, our approach based on debate methodology will provide for an interactive, immersive learning experience for students;- giving access to cutting-edge interactive and transdisciplinary global education for European students, helping them prepare for learning, working, and living as active and responsible citizens in an increasingly more interconnected world;- integrating the approaches already common in higher education (transdisciplinarity, global education) into secondary level education in an age-appropriate manner, helping secondary-level students in transitioning to higher education, ensuring better educational outcomes and results.<< Implementation >>The activities we’re implementing under this project are aimed at producing high-quality project results. The development of each project result will be overseen by a designated Result Manager. Result Managers will work with project staff and a group of 52 secondary level teachers in different subject areas from Italy, Slovenia, The Netherlands, and the Czech Republic to:Develop project materialsImplement those materials in 52 classroomsProvide and collect feedback on implementationShape and adapt project results according to teacher and student needsThis process will help us in ensuring the quality and applicability of project results in different local and national contexts, opening up the way towards better education outcomes and the use of project results across Europe. The two staff training events we will organize will serve the same purpose - in addition to training the participants to use the developed methodology, extensive feedback will be collected to make sure our project’s results are responsive to the needs of their target group.Our multiplier events taking place in Italy, Slovenia, The Netherlands, and the Czech Republic will serve two purposes - introducing interested education professionals to project results and providing them with the opportunity to test them and see them in action through sample classes.<< Results >>We expect the project results we produce to be appealing and accessible to teachers across subject areas, including political science, history, philosophy, geography, economics, ethics, environmental science, biology, STEM, culture studies and literature.R1: TRAINING MODULES FOR TEACHERS AND TRAINERSOur project asks teachers to approach students from a novel, global and transdisciplinary perspective in order to successfully address complex issues. This project result is intended to serve as:- a self-learning guide for teachers and other educators- a guide for training teachers trainers- a guide for direct training of teachers and other school staffR1 will function as a tool for continuous professional development, bridging the gap between the still very discipline-oriented teacher education and the transdisciplinary needs of today’s students. The topics covered will include Globalization, wealth, and poverty; Sustainability and climate; Global health; Identity, culture, religion, and border crossings; and Noise, news and neutrality. R2: METHODOLOGICAL MANUALR2 is a methodological framework for implementation of the pedagogical strategy and topics developed under R1. While R1 represents training materials for teachers, R2 directs our focus to their classrooms. R2 will provide teachers with structured step-by-step practical guidance and tools leading them through the process of implementing the developed pedagogical strategy in curricular subjects and activities, as well as extra-curricular ones. This will include 10 lesson plans per topic with suggestions for use in a selection of relevant subjects, emphasizing the transdisciplinary nature of complex contemporary problems, and 10 time-constricted modular exercises per topic which can be incorporated into other lesson plans.R3: TOOLKIT FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTSR3 represents a collection of case studies of contemporary issues having to do with the 5 topics covered by R1 and R2 (Globalization, wealth, and poverty; Sustainability and climate; Global health; Identity, culture, religion, and border crossings; Noise, news and neutrality), highlighting and illustrating the interconnections between these areas and emphasizing the necessity of transdisciplinary thinking about global issues. Building on debate methodology and specifically the models of motion analysis, this element will explore several different models and strategies for analysing complex, multifaceted issues. The toolkit also includes generalized structures and prompts that can be applied to different problems, providing teachers and students with blueprints for critical analysis that takes into account different perspectives, stakeholders and value prioritisation. R4: E-LEARNING PLATFORMIn order for project-developed content to be readily available and maximally inclusive, we will create an e-learning platform making our content into a flowing e-learning tool with specific individualized learning plans for users.An attractive web environment will significantly increase the impact and transferability potential of this project's results, making it more likely for organizations outside of our network to be willing to engage with the developed content. The website will be developed as an open-source and easily translatable content which will allow all actors within the EU to adapt the developed content to their national needs. User-friendliness and interactivity are the main reasons for the continual and broad use of materials available online.


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