A new European Commission study is available, Data collection and analysis of Erasmus + projects – Publications Office of the EU (europa.eu), carried out in 2021 and dedicated to Erasmus + projects (20214-2020), focused on promoting inclusion. online education. The reference sample consists of 120 good European practices, selected from thousands of Erasmus + projects, for the key actions KA1 and KA2, related to the reference sectors: school, university, vocational training, adult education, young people.
The research also includes 15 case studies, success stories representing learning approaches and useful methodologies for developing and supporting European social inclusion policies. The selection has been based on several criteria, including the reference sectors, the thematic areas (learning environments, teaching methodologies of teachers to address educational disadvantages, government and school leadership, the active involvement of parents and families in school life, the involvement of local communities) and in particular the potential impact of the Erasmus + program in terms of promoting inclusion in education.
In the section of the volume dedicated to case studies (Annex B) we find an Italian project, the strategic association KA2 Tinkering EU: building scientific capital for all, (2017-2020), coordinated by Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan. The project develops a series of activities for schools, involves teachers and students through the ‘tinkering’ approach – from English “To tinker”, meaning “tinker”, “try to fix” – to develop the capital of science, a useful and practical method for bringing girls and boys closer to the study of STEM subjects.
Key findings include training for teachers and trainers, self-assessment tools to assess impact. A methodology that has also been shown to be effective in adult education, as it facilitates the development of problem solving and helps to enhance logical thinking, an approach that encourages collaboration. He capital of science it offers a different way of looking at science education and can be a powerful tool for developing active citizenship and social inclusion.
Maria Xanthoudaki, representative of the strategic partnership, a successful project, comments on the European recognition: “Tinkering EU: Building scientific capital for everyone was a strategic project for the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology. Not only has it made it possible to continue the path, begun in 2001, of transnational collaborations with institutions of excellence at European level thanks to EU programs (from Socrates to Erasmus +); it also helped to create a close link between the theme of inclusion and the Tinkering approach to fostering and improving inclusive learning in the STEM field. In addition, the project has led to successive still active transnational collaborations – with the first project ‘Tinkering EU3: Addressing the adults’ which focuses specifically on the socio-educational and personal growth of adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. spread the Tinkering. at European level as a tool to enrich key competences and grow the scientific capital of all people “.
Projects carried out under Erasmus + since Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology of Milan for school and adult education were also at the center of an episode of Café with Erasmus. During the Facebook live “Tinkering: thinking with your hands” created by the Erasmus + Indire Agency, Maria Xanthoudaki, contact person for the strategic association, spoke. EU reform.
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