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EICON - Enhancing inclusion capacity of educational organisations / institutions providing VET with information and communication technologies (ICT)

Laufzeit:

01.11.2018 - 31.10.2020

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Kurzbeschreibung des Projektes:

Official data shows that people with disabilities continue to be disproportionately excluded from the labour market. Moreover, people with learning or intellectual disabilities are even less likely to be in work than those with physical disabilities. However, the exclusion of people with disabilities from the labour market is a serious concern from the perspective of equal opportunities. Countries should make it a priority to achieve better results for, among others, learners with special needs / disabilities, as well as to promote personalised learning through timely support and well-co-ordinated services, to integrate services within mainstream schooling and to ensure pathways to further education and training (European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, 2013). Vocational education and training (VET) plays a crucial role, as it acts as the joint between school education and the working world.

EICON’s main objective is to support organisations / institutions providing VET to become more inclusive. In particular, the aim is to put the organisations as a whole in the focus, and not just education and training practice. Managers of these organisations / institutions are particularly in need for guidance on how to further develop their organizations, as they often have to work towards multiple aims simultaneously, i.e. inclusion usually is one among other aims. The typical organizational response to address inclusion is to provide teaching personnel with further qualification and training. This is essential, but unfortunately not sufficient to reach the aim. Rather, systemic approaches are required to succeed in the inclusion endeavour. Hence, different organizational areas will be analysed, in particular those that are known - from research - to be essential in establishing and maintaining an organisation’s inclusive capacity. For each of these organizational areas it will be discussed and explored, if and how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used within this unit as a lever / amplifier to increase the overall organization’s inclusiveness.

Six partners from Germany, Portugal, Greece, Sweden and Finland have joined forces to elaborate practice-oriented recommendations. Partners come from organisations that provide VET (Invalidisäätiö - Keskuspuisto vocational college (FI) and Cooperativa para a Educação e Reabilitação de Cidadãos Inadaptados de Cascais – CERCICA (PT)), that support organisations / institutions that provide VET (Specialpedagogiska skolmyndigheten – SPSM (SE) and the National Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs (EL)), that provide technology for VET organisations and individuals (EPISTIMI GIA SENA ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIRIA (EL)) and that support organisations in complex change processes (Institut für Technologie und Arbeit – ITA (DE); project coordinator).

The main project activities will take place ahead, during and after a series of seven face-to-face meetings (approx. 3-monthly), each focusing on a central thematic area: (1) pedagogy & teaching / learning approaches, (2) technology & infrastructure, (3) establishing & maintaining links to employment / labour market, (4) stakeholder involvement, collaboration & partnerships, (5) leadership, (6) transition & target scenarios for VET organisations, (7) continuous improvement process. Each meeting will produce a specific draft outcome that will then be published for a certain time on a consultation platform to collect further ideas, comments or suggested changes from a wider audience in Europe. Final / consolidated outcomes and recommendations will be published on the project’s dedicated website, see www.eicon-project.eu.

It is expected that participants will gain a wider perspective on inclusion by applying an organisational / holistic view on inclusion. They will also be able to learn from good examples from other European countries and gain knowledge about effective organisational levers of change. Organisations / institutions active in VET are expected to feel better prepared for the required change, may initiate change processes and collaborate / network with other organisations in this endeavour. At policy level the project aims to highlight which favourable conditions for organisations / institutions active in VET are required so that they can improve their inclusion capacity on their own.

The EICON recommendations on how to make use of ICT to help organisations / institutions offering VET to become more and truly inclusive, will benefit learners with special educational needs / disabilities in the longer term, as they would find equitable means to participate in VET to ultimately gain the very same qualifications than anybody else.

(ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership in Vocational Education and Training 2018-1-DE02-KA202-005110)

Projektpartner:

  • Institut für Technologie und Arbeit – ITA, Germany (Co-ordinator)
  • Invalidisäätiö - Keskuspuisto vocational college, Finland
  • Cooperativa para a Educação e Reabilitação de Cidadãos Inadaptados de Cascais – CERCICA, Portugal
  • Specialpedagogiska skolmyndigheten – SPSM, Sweden
  • National Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Greece
  • EPISTIMI GIA SENA ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIRIA, Greece

 

 Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union