Evaluation environment for fostering intercultural..
Evaluation environment for fostering intercultural mentoring tools and practices at school
Date du début: 1 oct. 2016,
Date de fin: 30 sept. 2018
Early school leaving (ESL) is an obstacle to the socio-economic growth of the European countries. One of the targets for the EU in 2020, related to education, is to reduce the rates of ESL below 10%. Tackling early school leaving is a stepping stone towards improving the opportunities of young people and for supporting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Young people with a migration background are at great risk of ESL from school. To this extent, the gap between natives and young people born abroad is still very high. One of the factors leading to ESL is the lack of prevention and early intervention strategies, both at institutional and school levels, related to the need to develop effective methodologies and support for these students.The objective of E-EVALINTO is twofold. On the one hand, it is intended to promote peer mentoring actions addressed to both reduce early school leaving in migrant students population (secondary school) and to acknowledge the value of interculturality itself as part of an active and responsible European citizenship education. On the other hand, E-EVALINTO is aimed to develop an ICT framework for assessing, managing and developing activities for intercultural contexts, with particular focus to taking decision processes and the identification of different patterns that may be induced from the variety of potential situations to be analysed.E-EVALINTO main target groups are:- Teachers and other school staff (counsellors, headmasters, etc.)- Students (secondary school level), particularly those with migrant background at risk of academic failure and ESL- Other stakeholders and policy-makersTo succeed in these objectives, E-EVALINTO will carry out these types of activities:a. Development of an intercultural framework for peer mentoring actions, by means of:- the analysis of schools "intercultural profile";- the identification of migrant students potentially at risk (competencies assessment) to become mentees;- the identification of potential mentors (peer students) and teachers' intercultural skills;b. Development of an educational portal, that will include:- ICT tools to develop peer mentoring activity plans to be implemented and monitored by teachers;- ICT tools to evaluate the impact of peer mentoring actions to promote intercultural values and improve migrant learning skills and integration;- ICT tools to identify "intercultural school patterns" addressed to learn lessons and take decisions.c. Design and implementation of training actions for teachers (face-to face, online and self-learning)The development of these activities will imply, from a methodological approach, the need to pilot the whole project (technical issues and academic experiences) through peer mentoring experiences at school, firstly at a small and controlled scale and finally open at potentially large scale. A group of researchers and technicians from partner institutions will monitor these experiences and will be responsible for the development and improvement of the ICT environment for enhancing the potential of both activity development and assessing the results obtained and so taking decisions with regard to the impact of peer mentoring actions. Expected results are closely related to the activities planned, particularly the development of training actions addressed to teachers, the availability of an educational portal for monitoring all the project stages (from the analysis of schools’ intercultural profile to decision making processes) and, as a consequence, it is expected to reduce significantly (20% expected) the rates of ESL in students with migrant background during the project lifecycle in the schools analysed, so offering a framework to approach intercultural issues at school from a holistic point of view. This framework and the related intercultural patterns will be based on the analysis of a very significant amount of data through learning analytics techniques as to identify potential good practices and to provide support to take decisions, both at academic and policy level.The very nature of the project has been planned to continue providing long term results. The ICT environment and their tools, based on open source solutions, will be openly available for being used, downloaded and distributed during and after the project lifecycle. The framework and intercultural patterns identified will let future users to benefit from the results of E-EVALINTO project. Finally, structured training course for teachers will be offered after the end of the project, in order to increase the size of the network of schools and institutions involved during the project, while the ICT environment and network is expected to keep growing by joining new schools and educational practitioners.
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