1 Zilinska univerzita v Ziline (SLOVAKIA)
2 Slovenska polnohospodarska univerzita v Nitre (SLOVAKIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN23 Proceedings
Publication year: 2023
Pages: 5667-5673
ISBN: 978-84-09-52151-7
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2023.1484
Conference name: 15th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2023
Location: Palma, Spain
The European theme for 2022 was "Our Future: beautiful, sustainable, together", with the subtitle Schools and the new European Bauhaus: imagining creative learning environments in green and inclusive schools. eTwinning, Europe's largest community of schools, adopted this theme and invited teachers and pupils to start thinking creatively about their "dream school" as well as their learning environment - to name specific elements that make or could make their learning environment enjoyable, inclusive, achievable, and sustainable.
The paper aims to present the results of a survey realized in 2022 by the Slovak National Support Organisation for eTwinning in Slovak schools (lower and upper secondary education). Almost 1200 students from different regions answered the questionnaires. The survey was related to a competition conducted by the British newspaper The Guardian in 2001. It aimed to find out from English children what their dream school and dream teachers should be.
The questions in the Slovak survey were focused on how a dream school should look like - not only in terms of the material or technical equipment but also what "magic function" the students would like to add to the school. We also asked about the personality of the teacher and his/her qualities, as he/she plays a key role in the educational process. Students also defined different areas in which they would like to be educated and suggested new teaching subjects. There were also questions related to students' motivation - what factors activate, inspire and drive them forward to further education and develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The paper concludes with recommendations for both teachers and school leaders on how to create creative, inspiring, inclusive, and sustainable environments in schools. Primary research methods (online survey), analysis, comparison, synthesis, and generalization methods were used in conducting the research and preparing the paper.
Dream school, future school, future education, education environment, eTwinning.