När svensk förskolepedagogik möter polsk
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
"Early Swedish education meets the Polish one" is a project in which a total of six students in year 3 of Child and Recreation Programme will be given possibility to study and practise at a modern Polish preschool in Gdansk. The duration of the project is 2 years and we are planning to send three students each year. Project participants will be carefully chosen in an elimination process with both oral and written tasks in Swedish and English. There are also two teachers taking part in the project. One will be responsible for flying the students to Gdansk and making sure everything works well from start. The other is going to meet students and their mentors in Poland towards the end of their project period to carry out pedagogical discussions with the project participants and their mentors and bring students back to Sweden.
The aim of the project is to offer the students a possibility to work in a Polish preschool. This experience will widen their horizons and shed new light on their understanding of methodology and pedagogy used in both countries. The students' task will be to present and practically show how the Swedish preschool works and also take part in pedagogical discussions with the staff. The students are also expected to show independence and ability to use a foreign language (English) while discussing professional issues. Ability to cope with work and everyday life abroad will also prove that the students are mature and ready for adult challenges, which will turn them into attractive workers on the international labour market. Additionally, given the multicultural environment in Sweden nowadays, students' experiences in Poland will contribute to their greater understanding of the issue which will prove valuable while meeting individuals from different countries at home.
Upon arrival in Sweden, project participants are expected to share their knowledge and experiences with fellow students and school staff, which will contribute to achieving the next of the project's goals - increased quality of education for everyone. They will also share their experiences through lectures and meetings with other interested parties outside school (such as municipality officials, preschools in the area and general public). Additional expected consequence is increased knowledge about the Erasmus + programme.
Before leaving for Poland, project participants will take part in a preparatory course which will cover basic cultural and linguistic aspects. They will even prepare the tasks they will be expected to carry out in the preschool in Poland. These tasks will take account of the objectives of various pedagogical courses students study at school as well as of the Polish preschool's way of education. In Poland, project participants will be assigned a mentor each who will introduce them to their work and follow them throughout the whole period. The mentor will also be responsible for the evaluation of the student at the end of the project. During their stay in Gdansk, project participants will document their experiences by writing a blog in both Swedish and English. The blog, which will also be part of students' evaluated achievements, will serve as a base for the report as well as the book the students will be expected to present at the end of the project.
The project is expected to have many positive results on various levels. On the individual level, project participants will hopefully develop the understanding for pedagogy and interaction in different situations and environments, they will practice their pedagogical work and make use of their theoretical knowledge acquired in the learning process. All these new competences and experiences will contribute to personal development of the project participants. An increased interest in pedagogical and international questions will result in greater interest in continuing education on the university level, which is in accordance with Erasmus + objectives for Europe 2020. Furthermore, one might argue that the project will have an impact even on other levels: local, regional, national and international. Through our networking with local and regional organisations and schools in the region and in the whole country, we will be able to pass on the experiences acquired in the project, answer the questions which might arise and hopefully inspire to development and changes.
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