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Culture, body, gender, sexuality in adults training
Start date: Nov 1, 2011,

The BODY project engages in exploring the impact of cultural differences related to body, health, gender and sexuality in adult training activities. Based on a participatory research study relying on adult trainers’ own experiences we will develop approaches and tools that help to integrate relevant cultural differences in adult trainings’ content and methodology to make the trainings a source of personal and social development and a space for intercultural dialogue. REASONS If Europe is home to 69.5 million migrants, a great variety of traditional ethnic / national minorities (Sámi, Roma etc.), there are further factors that add to diversity: age, sexual orientation, gender, special needs linked to specific health conditions, disability. Cultural diversity in Europe encompasses this variety of differences and their interactions. If diversity is a potential resource in education activities, when not addressed properly it constitutes a barrier to participation and can jeopardize the achievement of the pedagogical objectives, particularly in fields linked to sensitive issues such as gender, body, health, sexuality.OUTPUTS • A research study which explores the impact of cultural differences on the work of adult trainers. • A compilation of innovative practices integrating cultural diversity into trainings on health, body, sexuality, gender, interculturality.• A 100 pages reader on cultural differences that matter. • An interactive pedagogical portal in five languages. • A training course deliverable as in-service training or adaptable for initial trainings.IMPACT During the project’s lifetime approximately 150 adult trainers will participate in focus group sessions as part of the exploratory research, and they will get introduced to the method of critical incidents. 45-60 trainers will participate in our 5 days European in-service trainings published in the Grundtvig catalogue. Our dissemination activities in conferences, workshops, professional reviews and our website will reach a wide circle of professionals.
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