Education is globally undergoing substantial changes as we all know. And so is the way we think of teaching and learning. Still, what does it mean?
Oddly enough, even education scientists do not fully understand why some of us are more creative and entrepreneurial than others. Nor do they know or how people learn, to say nothing about the rest of us.
Some people claim that open education and free school are what we need. Others believe that we should prepare young people for the jobs yet to be created. But is that right? Is the (global) job market the only criterion? If so, what about intellectual effort, culture, or identity?
To find out what our European colleagues think about education, we sent nine teachers to six European countries to expand their professional knowledge, develop their teaching skills, and learn by doing. We also had them visit different types of schools, observe classes, and talk to other teachers.
Our participants then returned with new competencies to create six sets of innovative learning content. They also jointly wrote a humorous e-book, “Top tips for new pedagogies”, which tells about the mobility flows, discusses students’ and teachers’ problems at school, and offers advice. Last but not least, our project undoubtedly promoted European values and intercultural communicative competence.
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