At the center of recent education policy debate at both national and EU level are issues related to ways of better adapting European education and training systems to the needs of modern society. The focus has been on promoting competence based education that will lead to the development of teachers and students’ key competences which are vital for personal fulfillment, employability, active citizenship, social cohesion and further learning. The rationale for the CARE project is situated within the growing demands of supporting the development of key competences. It will offer useful guidance into the ways European education systems can improve in order to provide young Europeans with the skills required in our future societies.
Project CARE is about enhancing visual arts education (VAE) with education for sustainable development elements that will promote creative thinking, critical and systemic thinking, reflection and development of skills, attitudes and values. The project aims to develop & deliver teacher training programmes that will empower school teachers in visual arts teaching within the framework of ESD and thus strengthen their teaching profile. Emphasis will be given to undervalued pillars of ESD such as culture and society (not only environment). We aim at high quality education by responding to the increasingly diverse needs for active citizenship, acceptance of diversity, multiculturalism, ICT learning, and sustainable development and overall connecting education with pupils' real life needs.
The CARE project also seeks to establish links and collaborations with local agencies and organizations (such as governmental organisations, museums, artists and others) in order to empower the educational program and connect learning with real life context and experiences.
The objectives of the project are:
- to report on teachers’ actual competences and needs in the identified marginalized aspects of Visual Arts Education (VAE).
- to meet these needs by developing and delivering training programs aligned to the principles of adult learning and enhanced by hybrid forms of e-learning (design & test teacher training programs)
- to bridge the gap between theory and practice by supporting participants to implement teaching units in schools.
- to create a culture of collaboration between educators by assisting the development of professional communities of learning.
The project aims to strengthen the profile of primary school teachers (pre-service and in-service) on how to teach visual arts education in a meaningful way within the school curriculum and by setting European standards for their professional development. Through teachers the project aims to reach pupils and enhance their visual competencies. In total the project aims to reach more than 2200 participants; an average of 60 teachers and their classes (1200 pupils) and other key stakeholders through the disseminating activities (1000).
All outputs will be freely available online to support teachers and other stakeholders (Higher Institutions, teacher educators, educational authorities, schools, art experts) to develop a more strategic approach in improving teachers’ and pupils’ competences (teaching context and materials, learning outcomes, etc.). The research will follow the methodological approach of an action research beginning with a needs assessment stage (O1) and proceeding with addressing the identified needs by designing targeted training programs/ curricula (O2), implementing teacher training/case studies (O3), providing further opportunities for teacher development through the implementation of visual arts units in schools/ case studies (O4), supporting the development of professional communities of learning (O5) and reaching practitioners and other key stakeholders (O6).