TEACHER TRAINING MOBILITY IN AN INTERNATIONAL PROJECT
1 University of Alcalá (SPAIN)
2 CEIP Isabel La Católica (SPAIN)
3 University of Lisbon (PORTUGAL)
About this paper:
Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The idea of teacher mobility has been developed in the international European intTT project ‘An Integral Teacher Training for Developing Digital and Communicative Competences and Subject Content Learning at Schools’, financed by the European Community trough Lifelong Learning Programme. The project is addressed to Initial Teacher Training for Primary and Secondary School. It will last three years (October 2009 – October 2012). Six universities are involved in the project: -Alcalá University (Spain), Comenius University (Slovakia), University of Leicester (United Kingdom), Lisbon University (Portugal), Helsinki University (Finland) and Karadeniz Technical University (Turkey). These universities have been working together in other European Projects also financed by the European Commission.
The project is centred in digital competence, communicative competence and subject content, so the basic aim of this project is to train student teachers through a unique methodology that fosters pupils’ subject content knowledge, digital competence and communicative competence concurrently, providing an integral teacher training which is based on the integration and infusion of digital and communicative competences with content learning and promotes an attitudinal change in student teachers. This integrated teacher training, where these competences are combined with content learning, changes the approach and attitude of student teachers.
In this project it is included a Mobility action with the purpose of interchanging didactic experiences and materials produced in the intTT project, furthermore student teachers will have the opportunity of improving other languages and getting in touch with other cultures. The notion of a Europe where citizens, in our particular case teachers, are able to work in more than one member State is one of the main features of the philosophy of the European Union, so if student teachers in a near future will have the possibility to join other European schools as full teachers, it seems quite necessary to provide them with the required skills to adapt themselves to other cultures, and this should be done during their Initial Teacher Training. Transnational mobility during this period will help them to meet this future challenge.
The Mobility Programme is designed with the followings aims:
- enhancing student teachers’ pedagogic skills,
- enhancing them to share their experience and good practice,
- contrasting didactic activities and materials,
- helping student teachers in finding information about the country they will visit,
- helping them to get in touch with new cultural realities,
- helping student teachers to know the system of education they will be in touch with for the first time,
- selecting and collecting authentic cultural materials from their own countries to be shown and explained when they reach their host schools.
In this poster, intTT project will be presented, and main aspects from the Mobility Programme will be included such as its organisation, the expectations of student teachers, mentors and participating schools, and the evaluation of the mobility.
Keywords: Teacher training, student teacher mobility, international project.