Moving towards Multiprofessional Work
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2018
MOMU (Moving towards Multiprofessional Work) answers the topical European wide challenges: managing the modifications that happen in one’s profession and alienation of the young people. The MOMU project relies on the two flagships of European Commissions Europe 2020 Strategy: 1) Agenda for new skills and jobs for individuals – helping people acquire new skills and adapt to a changing labour market and ensuring the sustainability of our social models; 2) the European platform against poverty and social exclusion by preventing youth social exclusion.
The main objective of MOMU is to define and develop new multiprofessional working skills and environments for professionals in art and social work. These skills will respond to the needs of the European labour market in a rapidly changing society. Therefore, working-life representatives (MOMU’s 20 associated partners) are in a leading position when it comes to improving the relevance of higher education by defining the competences, developing a multiprofessional training and evaluating the relevance of the results.
MOMU aims to support multiprofessional working and training of HE lecturers providing new perspectives on the cooperation between different study fields leading to fruitful cooperation, in working life as well. The project provides lecturers and students with critical awareness about the specific knowhow in the field of multiprofessional teamwork in art and social work, particularly at the interface between these two fields. Lecturers of social work and art need to develop their own skills to answer to the needs of the changing professional roles and the transformation of the teacher profession. In order to be competent, educate professionals and answer the needs of working-life, the lecturers need to modify their traditional way of thinking about, for example, education aimed at one specific profession, while also acknowledging their role in building students’ multiprofessional competences.
The main activities of MOMU are: 1) Defining preconditions and existing promising practices for multiprofessional teamwork between professionals of art and social work; 2) Planning and executing the MOMU Training Package of Multiprofessional Teaching and Learning in partner countries for HE lecturers of art and social work; 3) Documenting and evaluating both the training package for HE lecturers, as well as the multiprofessional courses organised by the participating lecturers in their home institutions; 4) Compiling and modifying the gained knowledge and materials from the organised training and multiprofessional courses into a comprehensive Handbook of Teaching and Learning of Multiprofessional Work; and 5) Disseminating the results and outcomes of the project through national dissemination seminars and articles written by the responsible organisers of the project activities.
Expected main outputs of MOMU are: 1) Description of Competencies and Work Distribution in Multiprofessional Cooperation; 2) A Training Package for the HE lecturers of art and social work about multiprofessional working and teaching; and 3) Handbook: Teaching and Learning of Multiprofessional Work (printed and digital versions) and four dissemination seminars presenting the project results in the national languages of the project partners (EE, ES, FI, UK) in all partner countries.
To be able to reach the main goals and expected outputs of MOMU the project will plan and organise four training periods (one in each partner country) for art and social work HE lecturers about multiprofessional working and teaching. As part of the training the lecturers will provide a multiprofessionally executed course in their home institutions. Social work and art students in Britain, Estonia, Finland and Spain participate in the multiprofessionally organised training courses organised by the lecturers joining in in the MOMU training. The work with the students forms the practical part of the training of the lecturers and will be both documented and evaluated. The students will work in multiprofessional teams to cooperate with the working-life implementing workshops or activities to groups of young people.
The project consortium consists of four HEIs: the Turku Univeristy of Applied Sciences (coordinator, Finland); Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy (UK); the Univeristy of Castilla la Mancha (Spain); and the Viljandi Culture Academy of Tartu University (Estonia). Geographically, the consortium gives good perspectives on the European wide problem of youth alienation and unemployment from different areas and different welfare state regimes.
The three basic key concepts of MOMU are: 1) multiprofessional cooperation; 2) defining transversal and job-specific skills; and 3) the use of art-based activities.
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