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Teaching diverse learners in (School)Subjects
First Annual Report
Project acronym: TdiverS
Project title: Teaching diverse learners in (School-)Subjects
Project number: 541969-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-Comenius-NW
Sub-programme or KA: LLP Comenius Network
Project website: www.tdivers.eu Reporting Dec. 2013 – Nov. 2014
Report version: Version 1 Beneficiary organisation: University of Education Ludwigsburg Project Management: Katja Weber email@example.com Project coordinator: Kerstin Merz-Atalik / Heike Tiemann Project coordinator organisation: PH Ludwigsburg – University of Education Ludwigsburg Project coordinator telephone number: Kerstin Merz-Atalik: 0049 7141-140-328 Heike Tiemann: 0049 7141-140-819 Project coordinator email address: Merzfirstname.lastname@example.org Tiemann@ph-ludwigsburg.de This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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541969-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-Comenius-CNW 2 Abstract The TdiverS-project delivers each year an Annual Report which summarizes the project’s findings and results, facilitating their application elsewhere. The reports give an overview of the state of innovation in the respective countries (national level) as well as across countries (international level). They record the current progress of the project work and the respective key products and are available at http://tdivers.eu. With respect to the aims, the structure and the objectives of the project, the reports focus on the main steps and developments of the project partners on an annual basis.
541969-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-Comenius-CNW 3 Table of contents Introduction
PART I 1 TdiverS consortium meetings and conferences 2013 - 2014
1.1 Kick Off Meeting in Ludwigsburg, December 2013
1.2 Second Consortium Meeting Sweden, May 2014
1.3 First Annual Conference in Luxembourg, November 2014
2 State of the art
PART II 2.1 Description of the situation with regards to inclusion in school subjects
2.1.7 Short Summary
2.2 Description of desiderata derived from the previous analysis
2.3 Description of the innovative character of TdiverS
2.4 Description of the development of the project including the impetus of TdiverS
541969-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-Comenius-CNW 4 Introduction Within the TdiverS project, each year WP 5 delivers an Annual Report presenting innovative approaches and developments at national and international levels in the different areas of the network’s activity. This first report is divided into two parts. The first part gives a brief report about the TdiverS consortium meetings and conferences in Ludwigsburg, Sweden and Luxembourg during the first year of the project. In the second part, country-based information about the state of the art in the field of inclusion and teaching diverse learners in different school subjects for each partner country can be found. Because the situation in all six countries is so different, we decided to collect the information with a questionnaire and present the results in a country collection. The partners from the different countries therefore are responsible for the individual content.
Four headings are leading through Part 2 of this report:
1. Description of the situation with regard to inclusion in school subjects
2. Description of desiderata derived from the previous analysis
3. Description of the innovative character of TdiverS
4. Description of the development of the project including the impetus of TdiverS This first report draws on materials prepared by network members for workshops and activities in 2014 and includes contributions from authors in Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Germany.
Further information about TdiverS can be found at http://tdivers.eu. The coordinators and authors welcome comments and can be contacted at the addresses above.
541969-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-Comenius-CNW 5 1 TdiverS consortium meetings and conferences 2013 - 2014 1.1 Kick Off Meeting in Ludwigsburg, December 2013 The first consortium meeting/ Kick-off meeting took place in the first week of December at the University of Education Ludwigsburg and was planned, organized and carried out by the coordinators Prof. Dr. Kerstin MerzAtalik, Prof. Dr. Heike Tiemann, the former project manager Ute Kahle and their team of University of Education Ludwigsburg. Also involved in arranging the first meeting of all partners were Sabine Stuber-Bartmann from the National Institute for School Sports, School Art and Music Education/School Music in Baden-Württemberg, Ulrike Bau and Markus Plath from the Geschwister-Scholl School in Tübingen.
The meeting took place at the campus of the University of Education in Ludwigsburg. At this first meeting, all partners of the project were informed and involved into the organizational and subject-related frame and topics of the project programme. on the first day the rector of the university Prof. Dr. Martin Fix expressed his warm welcome to all partners of TdiverS and gave the partners an overview about the structure of teacher education in Germany, the special institution of a University of Education in Baden-Württemberg and expressed his appreciation for acquiring a Comenius-Project for the development of teacher training for inclusion. The partners were also welcomed by the representative of the Ministry Mr. Daniel Hager-Mann, who works for the Office of Community Schools in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport Baden-Württemberg. He talked about the relevance of projects in cooperation between theory and practice for the new task of developing inclusive educational settings in BadenWürttemberg. Dr. Peter Dines, head of the Office for international affairs at University of Education Ludwigsburg, gave an introduction of the possible support with the international traveling and the opportunity of signing ErasmusContracts between the partners to strengthen the cooperation besides TdiverS. The colleagues from the EUResearch Office gave a presentation about the organizational and financial issues of a Comenius-Project.
In the five sessions over the three days of the meeting, the project partners were working on the following topics:
Introduction of partners and institutions (Session 1 and 2). All Partners introduced the consortium into their institutions and their personal research or job expertise;
Structure of the project (Session 2 and 3);
Work packages were introduced, including the partners’ duties and responsibilities in their work packages (Session 3, 4 and 5) and we discussed the different assignments and responsibilities. All Partners accepted the work packages as presented;
541969-LLP-1-2013-1-DE-Comenius-CNW 6 For example the duties and responsibilities of the partner from Spain Quality management and methods/strategies for quality management (Session 3, 4 and 5);
Conceptual planning of the outcomes and the instruments used for internal communication, information diffusion, and transparency (Session 3, 4 and 5);
Conceptual planning of the outcomes and the instruments for external information, networking (Session 3, 4 and 5);
All partners did get the material in a printed and digital version. During the sessions we were working in changing groups and with different methods to enable all partners to get into a dialogue and get to know each other. The social program was also set up with this intentions.
The Kick-off meeting was evaluated. This evaluation showed an excellent result, which is illustrated in the following
1.2 Second Consortium Meeting Sweden, May 2014 After a period of three months of preparation, the University of Borås hosted the second consortium meeting in May
2014. The meeting was opened by Vice rector, Professor Martin Hellström who addressed the importance of the TdiverS project in the rapidly changing Europe. He also emphasized the strategic role of inclusion as research filed at the University of Borås, being one of the seven strategic research programmes. The actual state of affairs in each of the six work packages was presented followed by comments and critical dialogues taking the project further in a fruitful way. Professor Julie Allan gave a key-note speech where she presented her work within the European Council pointing out critical aspects of the inclusion work in the EU member states. Professor Allan’s well-informed overview contributed to an in-depth understanding of the current situation in European school systems and how emerging challenges could be met. The key-note was followed by discussions and also functioned as a common platform for the ensuing preparatory work with the national discussion papers.
Time was also devoted for work with the procedures and practicalities concerning the video production which is an essential part of the TdiverS project. Issues concerning technical support, authorization and permissions were elucidated and discussions of how best to fulfil the aims and purposes of the project made these issues clearer as
a starting point for the upcoming practical work with the recordings. The discussions dealt with the following issues:
What does inclusion mean?
Target groups: teachers, parents, children, professors DVD of real examples School level strategies Classroom level strategies (rules, discussions, … ) Subject level strategies (challenges / cases / problems, suggestions of different strategies or principals for solution of problem in the learning situations, examples, how could be managed situations) – there is no specific strategy for specific subject Challenge for us How to show the way of inclusive thinking?
Discussion about We need professional technical training This will least surely one year Think in segments Discussion group with teachers and teacher students Look at diversity and inclusion by asking pupil, teacher and parents The consortium meeting was completed by a questionnaire evaluation. 13 areas were covered on a 4-grade scale and an overwhelming majority of answers was “very satisfactory”.
1.3 First Annual Conference in Luxembourg, November 2014 The First Annual Conference, in the City of Luxembourg, was planned and carried out by Alain Adams, Michelle Brendel, and Justin Powell with key support from the Ludwigsburg coordinating team and staff from the Ministry of Education of Luxembourg and the University of Luxembourg. From the start, this was a joint venture between the TdiverS Project partners, the University, the Ministry, and Info-Handicap Luxembourg, an association of dozens of groups active in advocacy around impairment and disability. Thus, many bridges were built between countries and different social groups and organizations during the planning and, of course, during the actual event.
The Conference took place on 14 and 15 November in Luxembourg in the “Forum” at the Campus Scolaire Geesseknäppchen (a school campus with several of the country’s most reputable schools), with around 150 people in attendance on the two days of events. The event was officially registered by the Ministry of Education as a “priority” offering of the Institute of Continuing Education. Scholars, teachers, students, and community members from Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Spain, and Sweden. Participants from Canada and the United States provided a further extension in terms of types of education systems and histories of special education and inclusion.
A 90-minute Press Conference was held with national radio and newspaper journalists to discuss the project and the possibilities for inclusive education reform and using comparisons to emphasize the similarities and differences across Europe in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and scaling-up “inspiring practices” within countries and learning from others how to improve schooling and make curricula more inclusive.
The conference and the project are exercises in collaboration and inclusion, as we cross cultural, linguistic, disciplinary, and organizational boundaries. A range of types of interaction was organized to ensure effective dissemination among all societal groups from scientists and administrators to teachers and family members.
Furthermore, to ensure inclusive communication, the conference on Friday, 14 November 2014 offered simultaneous interpreting from English into German and German Sign Language (DGS). Furthermore, the team translated the dialogue of the first video of “inspiring practices” from Luxembourgish into English for subtitles to ensure that members of the project consortium and guests from the six countries could benefit from viewing the Short Film “Zesumme liewen, zesumme léieren” (Living Together, Learning Together) featuring pupils of the Ecole Jean Jaurès in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. The firm was professionally made by the DPAV team of the Education Ministry’s Institute of Continuing Education (SCRIPT). Justin Powell, Professor of Sociology of
Education, University of Luxembourg presented the Keynote Address “Challenges, Paradoxes and Opportunities: