Research into International Skills
One of the key aims of the project is to underpin the development of the outputs with rigorous research and to disseminate both the findings of the research and also the outputs themselves. With this in mind, project partners have been presenting the project at international conferences and at local and regional events as well as submitting papers to peer reviewed academic journals.
National and International Conferences
Mrs Elizabeth Abrahamsen, from Ås videregående skole, Norway, presented our project at a conference in Lillestrøm for all schools in Norway and for those teachers and leaders involved in international projects in particular. There were 34 participants, 15 of which were teachers and the rest made up of school leaders/management. The national coordinator for international projects in Norway and the SIU in Bergen (the headquarters for international work within education in Norway) have also expressed a lot of interest in our project, requesting a copy of the presentation given by Elizabeth.
Mrs Kerstin Mathie and Mrs Marie-Luise Campen-Schriener, from Kopernikusschule, Germany, presented the project at the annual conference of the AbiBac-Schools in Hesse, Germany, where German Ministry of Education representatives were present.
This project was presented at a conference of the SPACE project (Students Promoting Active Citizenship in Europe) at the University of Trento, Italy, by Dr Sarah Jones, University of Hull. Following on from that, several contacts have been made regarding future collaboration around the teaching of International Skills and there was particular interest in how it might be developed for Primary Schools.
During the 12th International Conference on Technology, Education and Development Conference in Valencia, Spain, Dr Sarah Jones presented the project which led to a series of follow up conversations and plans for future bids. If you are interested in joining an extension project related to the use of the Global Competency Survey, please contact Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Colleagues from the project led by Dr Sarah Jones (University of Hull) were invited to present this project in Germany, in front of German Member of Parliament, Luccia Puttrich as part of the 25 year celebration of Europaschule in the State of Hesse, Germany. The celebration took place in conjunction with the last meeting of this project on Global Competencies. Sarah was joined by Ayesha Abbas and Stefano Guido (students from Cosmio De Girogi, Italy) to showcase their 3 years of work regarding the development of a Global Competency Framework and associated tools to an invited audience of 400 guests.
Three of the project team (Dr Sarah Jones, University of Hull, Mr Hans Venderbos and Milou Klein, Sophianum School) attended the 1st AFS Conference on Global Competency in Budapest. They presented the project outputs during a poster session and through a workshop, where participants were able to get hands on experience of the tools and offer feedback on the usability across international contexts. The Global Competency Framework was extremely well received and new connections made for future collaborations.
Local and Regional Events
In Germany, this project has been presented at several events around the country by various project staff
On behalf of the German National Agency in Bonn, Mrs Marie-Luise Campen-Schriener from Kopernikusschule, Germany organized a teachers' in-service training event (including teachers and headmasters of Hesse), where she presented our project.
December 2015 and June 2016
In the context of initial teacher training Mrs Marie-Luise Campen-Schriener from Kopernikusschule, Germany ran two programmes about school development and intercultural learning for future teachers of our area
Mrs Nicole Lang presented our project to the full conference (Gesamtkonferenz) of the Hermann-Tempel- Gesamtschule Ihlow. This conference is a consultative committee consisting of the school management, all teachers, the non-teaching staff (social workers, secretary, office assistants, caretakers etc), representatives of the parents and the students – about 80 members altogether. The members of the conference were given an overview of the ISITPGC project in general, the specific outputs and progress.
As well as these events listed above, all the partner schools have presented the project during various staff meetings and parents evenings at their schools.
The publication of the first journal article was presented at the 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference in Valencia, Spain in March 2018. Entitled "International Skills and Competencies: tools for teaching in secondary education", the paper presents a critical systematic review of frameworks and models that aid in the development of global skills and competencies to develop globally aware citizens. A pre-publication version of this can be found below, entitled 'International Skills and Transversal Competencies: conceptualizing a framework for practical application in secondary education'.
The findings of the research have particular significance to teachers worldwide who wish to integrate the teaching of international skills and global competencies into their curricula and to national and international policy makers, such as those in the EU who are attempting to address skills mismatches in partner countries.
The second journal article, which focuses on the project outputs, has been submitted and is awaiting publication and there is a third publication in draft which looks at the innovative methodological approach to creating the Global Competency inventory.