The proposed project is aiming at the development
of a new model of teachers' training that assists teaching
in multigrade schools. The project will be based on a
close cooperation between pedagogical experts, trainers,
policy makers and teachers.
In detail, the aims of the MUSE project, are:
- The development of a specialised in-service training
programme for teachers in multigrade schools. Within
the framework of the project a specially designed training
programme will be developed in order to meet the needs
of the teachers. The program includes training on the
methodological approaches applying to the multigrade school
environment. In addition the training programme focuses
on the familiarization of teachers with the use of ICT
as an assisting tool for multigrade teaching. The training
will be delivered to the teachers through ODL techniques.
- The enhancement professional skills of multigrade
schoolteachers and the development of abilities to design
didactic plans according to the needs of the specific
school environment. The proposed training programme
includes extended presentation of case studies and examples
of good practice on how teachers have to face the particularities
of the multigrade school environment. The teachers participating
in the project will be trained in designing and implementing
cross-curricula applications, projects and activities.
- The development of a model that allows continuous
training and support of the multigrade schoolteachers.
The proposed project will develop a platform for continuous
interaction between teachers and trainers.
- The conduction of an intervention study on multigrade
teaching across Europe: The project is implemented
in multigrade school environments in Greece, Finland,
Spain and United Kingdom. Through systematic ethnographic
research the partnership will study the attitudes of teachers
with different cultures towards the application of the
proposed approach as well as the attitudes between teachers
themselves coming from the same country.
- To make recommendations on multigrade teaching policy
and practice. By the end of the project's life cycle
a detailed report (good practice guide) will be prepared
and distributed to education policy makers of the participating
countries. The project intends to raise awareness of policy
makers, pedagogical experts, educational authorities,
problems and the needs of multigrade teaching.
- The enhancement of communication between the remote
multigrade school teaching environment and outside educational
community. The aim of the project is to create a virtual
educational society where teachers will be able to communicate
with the academic community and will be familiarized with
the idea of international cooperation and networking.
- The formation of a European network on the multigrade
school education. The partnership aims at initiating
a network on the multigrade school education. Within the
framework of the project a virtual educational community
(teachers, researchers, policy makers) will be formed
in order to exchange experiences, proposals and ideas
for the qualitative improvement of the multigrade education.