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Teachers Intercultural Competences as Keystone to Learning in Europe

1. AimsThe project aims to develop, test and disseminate didactical tools for the development ofintercultural competences for teacher trainers, teacher trainees and teachers. The prerequisitefor this task is the identification of the areas and contexts, in which cultural diversity is of amanifest relevance for the teaching and learning processes in schools and classrooms of theparticipating countries. We want to raise the awareness of cultural diversity of professionals,who do or did not have to deal with that question yet and make the professional communityaware, that cultural diversity is not threatening, but supporting pathways to European citizenshipas one of the main future issues in a wider European horizon. By doing this we can build upcultural diversity competences and attitudes into the general profile of the teaching profession.We shall actively apply newly developed teaching methodologies from previous EU andComenius 2. 1. projects in learning situations, which are characterized by a severe culturaldiversity issue and expand the range of methodology in this area of teaching and learning byusing these synergies.2. ActivitiesThe main activities of the project in the seven countries will be to create 42 keystone tools ormethodological approaches, which can be used to enlarge intercultural competences. Eachpartner has to develop 6 Keystones. During the 7 project meeting in the participating countries,these tools will be presented in 6 one-day training units to teacher trainers, teacher trainees andteachers of the guest country. One person of each partner country is responsible for thepresentation of one keystone per meeting; the other members of the national task groups willattend the training units of colleagues. The keystones will be immediately evaluated by theattendants and the day after discussed by a meeting of all national group members with supportof the external consultant. The main question here is, whether the presented keystones could beimplemented as useful tools in one's own national or regional initial teacher training. Thisapproach will create 'real life laboratories' based on the methodology of interculturalcompetences for teachers. The national task groups will disseminate in the time between theproject meetings the results to their own professional community and alter the keystones ifnecessary. This will create significant and immediate dissemination and valorisation effects in allparticipating countries. All keystone training units will be placed for public download on theTICKLE webpage directly after the end of each project meeting. At the end of the project a toolbox with 42 training units for the development of intercultural competences will be ready, whichcan be used in other European pedagogical environments as an added value for the teachingprofession. We will reach several hundred practitioners as active multipliers and feed backers inthe participating countries and exchange best practice models with the help of personal andprofessional assessment of the tools by the external consultant and the external evaluation.
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