FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY - EDUCATION FOR PROFESSION..
FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY - EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONALS IN HOUSEHOLD, GUEST-ORIENTATED BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES
Start date: Oct 1, 2016,
End date: Mar 31, 2019
Rising greenhouse gas emissions the wasteful use of fossil fuels and the resulting impact on our climate have repercussions for the entire planet. In order to mitigate the impact of climate change, both the implementation of local initiatives and global projects will be of prime importance. In this regard, previous needs analyses have shown that private households, commercial kitchens, guest-orientated businesses and communities not only have a great demand for environmental measures but also a great potential for the implementation of sustainable schemes for the protection of their local environment. These professional fields have also a great impact on social and economic improvements for employees and staff members. The needs analyses and surveys in project partner countries have shown that vocational educators and trainers are insufficiently trained for a successful education on sustainability and its measures. So the target group of our project are vocational educators and trainers in the fields of home economics and guest-orientated businesses. Research findings demonstrate that there is a broad range of project results and materials in the area of sustainability, but teachers are often not able to use these results in a successful learning activity. Also in this education areas blended-learning activities are not frequently offered. The project will provide a chance for vocational teachers and trainers to participate in extra-occupational (apprenticeship) training and learn to use sources of sustainability and digital learning tools to provide a successful and sustainable teaching.Therefore the project aims to reach the following objectives: The general objective is to contribute through digital and innovative lifelong learning for professionals to the improvement of ecological, economic and social sustainability in the EU. Specific objectives: 1- Development of a curriculum in the amount of 10 ECVET/ECTS and an corresponding blended-learning course with 4 modules (80 hours presence phase and 170 hours digital-learning including 90 hours tutorials for self-study and 80 hours online-learning); 2- Pilot run in Finland (LAUREA) and Austria (UCAEP) and optimizing of curriculum and blended-learning course; 3- Handbook with best-practice examples for vocational education on sustainability; 4- Learning materials and handbook in English will be translated into 5 national languages for successful learning and dissemination. General objectives:1- Implemented sustainable behaviour in home economics profession and guest-orientated businesses; 2- Improved access to education for sustainable behaviour in profession and daily life for pupils, trainees and unskilled employees through teachers and multipliers; 3- Developed innovative ICT-based content, pedagogies and practices for lifelong learning to react on changing challenges in the field of profession mentioned above.To reach these objectives the project partners will word on the following main outputs: 1. Collection of practical needs, tools, materials and recommendations to arrange professional learning processes to improve education for sustainability in the fields of: A: Home economics (Kitchen management – Food preparation and Food security; Laundry care – Textile care; Furnish management – Room design; Home appliances – House technics; Services for household members and guests ) B: Sustainable resource management (Workers and Workers Capacities work-life balance, Natural resource obtainment, Energy saving, Recycling, Waste prevention and waste treatment) C: Methods training – Improvement of sustainable measures (Lesson planning, Learning materials, Business-orientated project work ) 2. Prototype transnational curriculum for a blended-learning course (10 ECVET/ECTS) which will include 4 Modules: Module 1: Focus on sustainability - C1 Module 2: Education for sustainability; Module 3: Teaching for sustainability; Module 4: Evaluation of education for sustainability - C23. Blended-learning course and it´s pilot run (inclusive improvement). Beside the story boards of the online-course will include instructions for moderators, trainers and teachers. 4. Handbook with best-practice examples for lesson concepts to motivate pupils for learning sustainability and implement sustainable measures in local households, guest-orientated businesses and communities. The long term benefit of this project will be well educated vocational educators and trainers holding competencies to conduct the processes in their professional fields in a sustainable manner and use digital learning tools. In addition they are able to share their knowledge with pupils, staff members and trainees.
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