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PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND RESEARCH IN EU STUDIES AT PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL LEVEL THROUGH DIGITAL AND VIRTUALISATION TOOLS
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project aims to foster collaboration between academics, teacher trainers, secondary and primary teachers, future teachers and librarians in exchanging existing good practices about study content and methodologies for teaching EU studies at school. New ones need to be trialled out with the support of technologies for virtualisation of communication channels.The project is based on enhancing the quality and bringing about innovative changes in the pre- and in-service training of teachers with regard to EU studies through implementing ICT in teaching EU studies at primary and secondary schools in Bulgaria. The envisaged major impacts of the project are:• improved teaching quality and learning capacity• enhanced interest in EU matters at primary and schools and at a whole-university level• in-depth knowledge about the EU achieved via networking and online collaboration between primary and secondary teachers, teacher trainers, academics and librarians• involvement librarians in storing and managing information collections about EU studies via relevant ICT tools.Current research shows both primary and secondary school teachers are motivated to teach about Europe but they need support by up-to-date materials and methodologies relevant to their students’ age groups and the peculiarities of the subject under which they will be incorporated. A post-graduate distance-learning course “European Dimensions of Bulgarian secondary Education” was developed and run in 2012. It is part of the national upgrading qualification framework for teachers. Enhancing further the EU strand in in-service training will inspire teachers to explore their own teaching and suggest innovative changes about EU studies at the highest levels of professional qualification. Using ICT will guarantee the quality of education process. Forming highly qualified teams of specialists applying new teaching approaches will lead to generating new practices or refining and enriching existing ones.
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