First Italian Multiplier Event: perspectives on the futures of education
The first Italian INCLUDE Multiplier Event, initially planned as a participatory conference with panel discussions in May 2020, took place online due to the COVID-19 pandemics.
The event was entitled “Officina 2020: Education and Futures”, to give a sense of continuity with previous initiatives – the “Officine” - that the research group Social Studies of Science, Education, Communication of the Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy – CNR-IRPPS organizes annually together with the Italian Ministry of Education to promote a reflection on strategic issues of education and educational policies. Instead, the introduction of the word “futures” in the title is due to a partnership with the “Futures of Education” initiative developed by UNESCO, expanding the temporal perspective up until 2050.
The goal of the INCLUDE first Multiplier Event was to foster the participation of stakeholders and school communities in a process of exchange of experience and co-creation of knowledge since the early stage of the project, enhancing a debate on the INCLUDE approach to CLIL in developing key competences – with particular reference to citizenship competences - and in rethinking, in the short and long term, the issues of europeanity and planetarity to promote environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Given the COVID-19 emergency situation, the role of Information and Communication Technologies and virtual schooling was considered as central, too.
The Officina 2020 consisted of panel discussions - “virtual tables” – on these issues and, more widely, on the aims of education and competences, considering the dimensions of uncertainty linked both to the fragility, complexity and interconnection of each element of our planet - which can arise in crises and emergencies - and to the peculiarity of “post-normal” knowledge, characterized by uncertain facts, values called into question, high interests at stake and the urgency of the decisions to be made.
The virtual tables took place on April 28, May 5 and 8, involving a total of about 40 participants as selected panellists, plus 4 CNR researchers as coordinators and facilitators: the first table was composed by 14 students from the secondary school students of the Provincial Council of Rome; the second table by 6 researchers, 1 teacher, 2 school directors, 1 policymaker from the Italian Ministry of Education, 1 student; the third table by 3 policymakers, 3 researchers, 4 teachers, 3 from NGOs, 1 from the Goethe Institut.
A fourth virtual table, on May 13, was added to promote a connection with another European Erasmus + project, the Global Science Opera leverage students participation and engagement in science through art practices (GSO4SCHOOL), giving value to the issue of integrating science and art in the educational field to develop scientific citizenship.
The participatory process started before the virtual meetings, collecting panellists’ tacit knowledge in terms of first reflections and keywords, that were shared among the participants, and ended after the meetings, with their contribution in the reports collecting the virtual table results.
Moreover, the virtual tables were transmitted via streaming and, for the public, it was possible to send contributions that were taken into account in the summary of the results as well.
Considering the need of working at a distance and, at the same time, reaching a wider public, a proper website was developed for the Officina 2020 (https://www.officinaeducazionefuturi.it/en/), with the aim of gaining visibility and involving scientific and educational communities.
The website, which embeds a link to the INCLUDE website, was conceived as a virtual space to promote debate and exchange of experiences also after the end of the event. It represents an interactive space for the INCLUDE Italian community, fostering connections with the wider communities linked to the CNR “Officine” initiatives. Through the website, a wider public could, and can, have access to shared documentation, the virtual table recordings and final reports, but also actively contribute, sending materials and reflections to be shared.
Besides being available on the Officina 2020 website, the reports collecting the virtual table results have also been acquired by the UNESCO Futures of Education initiative and by the wide “Officine” network via mail.
First INCLUDE Multiplier Event in Greece (June 2020)
The first Multiplier Event in Greece was co-organized by the two Greek partners of the INCLUDE project, that is the 1st Experimental Junior High School of Athens and the NTUA. Initially, it was scheduled to be held in the premises of the 1st Experimental Junior High School of Athens in May 2020. However, due to the COVID emergency, the event took place online using the Webex Event platform on the 18th of June 2020.
After a brief introduction of the INCLUDE project, crucial aspects of the project were discussed, namely the design of educational scenarios, CLIL implementation, aspects of Europeanity, enhancement of the educational material by using non textual resources (multimodality), transversal skills and how to promote them through specific scenarios. The participation of the British council was crucial in the event as it provided insights of the international experience of CLIL implementation, as well as similarities with other projects being currently implemented.
After a short break, participants took part in a workshop in which they had the opportunity to access the INCLUDE moodle platform and study the case of an INCLUDE scenario. First, they were guided through the INCLUDE moodle platform to understand its structure and then they explored an exemplary INCLUDE scenario. Afterwards, they were asked to evaluate the extent to which this scenario meets the INCLUDE scenario requirements using a Likert scale (1 to 5). Before closing the event, future plans of the INCLUDE project, including the educational repository that will be created next year, were discussed.
In total, 55 teachers and other stakeholders participated in the event. 17 of the participants were members of the staff of the organizing institutions and 38 were external. The majority of them were teachers (27 out of 38) but there were also Education policy makers (5 out of 38), researchers (5 out of 38) and one member of the Staff of the British Council.
Presentations of the 1st Multiple Event in Greece
Structure of an educational scenarios, S. Markantonakis
- Program of the 1st Multiple Event in Greece