Pestalozzi European Modules: Diversity of world views and world knowledge in the classroom

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CONTEXT

We live in a time where socially and culturally homogeneous classrooms are a thing of the past – if they have ever existed at all on a wide scale. Diversity is the rule in the societies of today and this finds its reflection in the heterogeneous composition of every classroom. Learners bring with them a diversity of world views and beliefs, of knowledge about the world surrounding them as well as a diversity of capacities and dispositions to name but a few of the key elements.

Teachers need to be able to understand the implications this heterogeneity, they need to be able to organise their work in a way which takes this diversity into account, they need to be able to address issues arising from it, and how to make best use of the resources offered through it.

The training course will focus in particular on issues of world views and world knowledge in an interactive, task-centred form of peer-training in view of developing training resources for pre-service and in-service training contexts.

The main expected outcomes are:

    ∑ The participants will be better equipped with the knowledge (savoirs), skills (savoir-faire) and attitudes (savoir-Ítre) teachers need to deal constructively with diversity in their classrooms;
    ∑ The participants will form a network of education professionals equipped to continue the training on the international, national, regional and local level with a shared view of the competences which need to be developed and of the appropriate methodology of training and teaching;
    ∑ A collection of tried and tested training resources is available online to serve as pedagogical support in teacher training and as a stimulation to further develop resources along similar lines.

Target group
Participants should come from a pre-service or in-service training context of formal or non-formal education. They need to have experience of and demonstrate a strong interest in the chosen theme. They also need to be competent users of at least one of the working languages, English or French.

Participants must be prepared and in a position to commit themselves to collaborative international work for a duration of about 12 months including the development and piloting of training materials in their contexts; this includes in particular:

  • Preparatory reading and writing tasks
  • Active participation in Module A October 2010
  • Development of training material and piloting of this material between Module A and Module B; active exchange of information and reporting back via an online working platform
  • active participation in Module B in late spring 2011
  • Revision of training materials and participating in the final editing of the training resources in view of their dissemination
  • Dissemination by using the training materials developed by all participants in future trainings
  • Dissemination of the programme in their local, regional or national context and continuation of the work with other participants on-line, as a self sustaining network after the programme is completed.

The overall workload, including the participation in the modules, is estimated to be between 120-150 hours. Participants will receive certification for the completion of this training programme indicating the nature of competences developed and the workload of the training.

For details on the conditions of participation, please consult the description of the module series.