I-VET Fostering Intercultural competences of VET teachers and trainers

 

Describtion of the project

Title: I-VET - Fostering Intercultural competences of VET teachers and trainers

Project Number: 2011-1-CH1-LEO05-00052

Period: 01.01.2012-31.12.2013

Project Type: Leonardo - Transfer of Innovation

Status: completed

 

CONSORTIUM

Contractor:

IUFFP - Istituto Universitario Federale per la Formazione Professionale (CH)

Coordinator:

ECAP Foundation (CH)

Partners:

Università della Valle d'Aosta - Université de la Vallée d'Aoste (IT)

University of Docuk (TR)

Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera ItalianaDipartimento Formazione e Apprendimento (CH)

Bildungsmarkt e.V. (DE)

University college Arteveldehogeschool (B)

Metropolia University of Applied Science (FI)

Semmelweis University (HU)

Summary:

I-VET project aims at supporting initial and continuous training of VET teachers, trainers and tutors, enhancing their competences in managing intercultural dynamics and communication. From an operational point of view the project aims at designing, testing and consolidating a training offer addressed to VET teachers and trainers, based on an intensive training phase in presence (exchange and immersion), in form of a Summer School, and on establishment of a permanent learning community composed by VET teachers and trainers.

Aims and Goals:

I-VET Summer School project aims at supporting initial and continuous training of VET teachers, trainers and tutors (priority: LEOTraInno-8), enhancing their competences in managing intercultural dynamics and communication. Further on tensions and conflicts determined by complexity of intercultural encounters engendered by multicultural features of social and professional environments, ask teachers and trainers an adequate capacity of developing key competences needed to assure social cohesion, through an aware and positive social and professional integration of people belonging to different cultural origins. The project aims at valuing an effective model developed, with the "silent" participation of ECAP Foundation and EHB/IUFFP, by a Consortium of 6 European Tertiary Education Institutions, lead by University of Aosta Valley (Italy), in the framework of an Erasmus Intensive Program (Interdisciplinary Course of Intercultural Competences - ICIC). ICIC is a blended learning module - articulated in a theoretical preliminary phase to be delivered online and in an intensive experiential / reflective learning phase developed in presence - whose methodological approach fits particularly well to patterns characterizing intercultural competences building (immersing in an intercultural situation, exchanging with learners belonging to different cultures, reflecting upon our own experiences, becoming aware of our own cultural imprinting, being able to question our values and behaviors determined by cultural heritage). The original model is detailed in an Handbook (Building Intercultural Competences, edited by M.G.Onorati and F.Bednarz, Acco, Leuven, 2010). From an operational point of view the project aims at designing, testing and consolidating a training offer addressed to VET teachers and trainers, based on an intensive training phase in presence (exchange and immersion), in form of a Summer School, and on establishment of a permanent learning community composed by VET teachers and trainers.

The project was articulated in 6 Work Packages:

1. Project management aiming at assuring project coordination, administrative management and monitoring. Responsible ECAP Foundation.

2. Adaptation and development of the model aiming at defining Guidelines for the development of intercultural competences of VET teachers and trainers. Responsible University of Aosta Valley, in cooperation with IUFFP, accompanied by the Scientific Steering Committee.

3. Learning Platform design and development as fast prototyping and testing of the learning Platform. Responsible IUFFP.

4. Planning and testing of the Summer School is core WP, articulated in 4 steps (I. design and planning on the basis of Guidelines defined by WP2 and organization of a training and planning transnational workshop by University of Aosta Valley open to local operators; II. validation of the model in the framework of a transnational seminar to be held in Belgium; III. organization and testing of the Summer School in pilot edition; IV. final evaluation and executive planning. Responsible ECAP Foundation, in cooperation with IUFFP and University of Aosta Valley, accompanied by the Scientific Steering Committee.

5. Quality assurance and evaluation, functional to continuous improvement of the model and its validation. Responsible IUFFP, accompanied by the Scientific Steering Committee.

6. Dissemination and valorisation plan aiming at assuring sustainability as well as Swiss wide added value, and European dimension, of achievements, letting Swiss teachers and trainers coming from different Cantonal and linguistic areas of Switzerland profit of the training offer. Responsible ECAP Foundation, in cooperation with IUFFP, USI and all transnational Network.

Outputs:

Product Types: a pilot edition of Summer School addressed to VET Teachers and Trainers; innovative evaluation methods using digital and web resources; CD-ROM teaching material; open and distance learning modules material for open learning

Product information: The project will be articulated in WPs enabling design, test and evaluation of some key products, deriving by the previous ICIC Model, as well as by experiences acquired in the framework of Orientation project: - methodological Guidelines (coherent with original models to be transferred and with UNESCO Guidelines of 2006) for developing intercultural competences of VET teachers and trainers, in the framework of their initial and further qualification - executive plan, whose feasibility will be tested on the basis of a pilot edition, of the "Summer School" open to VET and CVT teachers and trainers, to be organized yearly by promoting institutions, assuring the transnational expertise activated by the whole partnership - a permanent virtual learning Platform, structured in form of a social networking tool enabling stable exchange opportunities for VET teachers and trainers communities of practices.

Website: http://www.adam-europe.eu/prj/8457/project_8457_en.pdf