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Mind the Gap, bridging the learning gap between schools and society
Start date: Dec 1, 2009,

There is a gap between school and real-life, with schools focusing primarily on knowledge outside of contexts that make it relevant to pupils. This project will address this ‘gap’ in the context of sustainable development, thus offering an innovative approach.Mind the Gap will address two LLP priorities: improving motivation for learning and learning skills, and reinforcing sustainable development through education.The overall aim is to increase the motivation amongst young people to learn and apply their learning to real-life, address the needs to build the skills and behaviours for a sustainable future and embed school learning within the needs of the communities they serve.In many EU members EfS is not a core part of the primary curriculum. Although there is some good practice, most schools focus on environmental knowledge. A second imperative is to bridge the gap between school learning and real-life by embedding learning within contexts that are both familiar and relevant to learners. Mind the Gap will address both these issues through a targeted programme for primary schools by:• Developing a programme of tested and shared learning resources based on real-life situations, by using WebQuests (WQ) that structure learning around investigating a local issue, finding knowledge, analysing information, and developing competencies to take appropriate action. WQ are expected focusing on issues like energy use, tackling waste and green spaces for children. • Promoting innovative pedagogies based on learning outside the classroom and real world learning, connecting the school to real-life.• Learning frameworks, providing a clear overview of each topic and activities and WQ support. Frameworks include, revised and adapted, Audit Instrument for Sustainability in Education and the UN Indicators for ESD• Capacity building for teachers delivered through in- and pre-service training and online support.The outputs will be in all partner languages and easily replicable. A content managed website will allow all users to add new WQ to keep the resources dynamic and reflect local issues. We expect to target at least 250 schools, 750 teachers and 7500 pupils. Mind the Gap is a consortium of 9 partners, representing 5 EU member states. Each NGO partner is a recognised expert in with good links to schools and the education sector.
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