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Generational Change in the Teaching Profession

Reason for the project:An increasing proportion of school teachers in the EU are aged 50 or more. In thepartner countries (Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany and theNetherlands) the proportion of experienced teachers is high compared to in otherEuropean countries. On the other hand, novice teachers often seek other careeropportunities after a few years in teaching. This situation creates a difficult problem ineducation - a shortage of educational personnel and a deterioration of overalleducational quality in Europe.Aims:This project creates systematic scenario-based reciprocal collaboration models forinteraction between experienced and novice teachers. The models will motivateteachers to remain in their profession and give them opportunities to develop theirprofessional skills as well as to share their competence and knowledge with each other.Results:- Developed, tested and well-validated scenario-based reciprocal collaborative modelsfor knowledge and competence sharing and collaboration between experienced andnovice teachers at European level.- A guide (PDF format) in which the models will be reported in detail - this will betranslated into English and the languages of the partners.- Recommendations for European (Ministries of Education) and national policy makers(e.g. school authorities), teacher training organisations and school headmasters (PDFreport).- International Web Forum (open source) for experienced and novice-teacher educationin order to support European level collaboration.- Increased professional skills (e.g. teaching methods, ICT skills) of the participatingteachers.- Contents for continuing education courses for teachers and headmasters.- Regional resource banks of teachers interested in knowledge and competence sharingwith novice/experienced colleagues.- International and national articles of the results in relevant journals.- Presentations in international and national conferences.The end-users (teachers and schools) will participate in the project during its lifetime.This assures the relevance and validity of the activities and development of thereciprocal collaboration models. The models (in the form of a guide) can easily beadjusted to the different levels and systems of education across Europe.
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