In this course, participants will learn how to deal with diversity in an educational environment, they will experience it within the course and will learn to consider it a meaningful challenge, for example by: strengthening collaboration among all actors within schools, as well as with families, and other external stakeholders; supporting diversity awareness and holistic approaches to teaching and learning and improving education by opening to inclusion.
Diversity in education
- from 2020-03-30 to 2020-04-03
- Charlotte Depoorter firstname.lastname@example.org
Our society is evolving fast towards great(er) diversity. Hence the schools - as a reflection of that society - evolve at the same speed and in the same direction. We meet more frequently with (grand)parents from less obvious family backgrounds or multicultural families. Gender issues influence strongly modern society and school life. More often we encounter students with different ethnical-cultural, linguistic or religious backgrounds, students and teachers with a disability, families with less fortunate financial means or who have no access to good schooling due to economic status... It becomes challenging to enable success for all learners, including children with different and diverse backgrounds.
In this course, participants will learn how to deal with diversity in an educational environment, they will experience it within the course and will learn to consider it a meaningful challenge, for example by: strengthening collaboration among all actors within schools, as well as with families, and other external stakeholders; supporting diversity awareness and holistic approaches to teaching and learning and improving education by opening to inclusion. Coping with diversity is a way of looking at different people in another way, especially in times when schools are being confronted with inclusion and pupils with lots of diverse backgrounds. During this course, which is set in Lisbon Centre (Portugal), we provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes the participants need to cope with diversity. We have a study visit to a Sikh Temple, a centre for gender and a social centre or school. In the course we also incorporate diversity in the informal moments, every meal has a different gastronomical background. We selected Lisbon on purpose as during centuries the city was the centre of a global empire. Although this empire is long gone, the people remained and created a mixture of colour, flavour, spices, gastronomy, music, culture… Next to London, Lisbon can be considered as one of the first multicultural capital cities where diversity became a part of the normal urban life. Lisbon is also one of the most open southern European cities towards gender and social innovation.
Feedback of trainer(s) on personal work and portfolio of the participant, feedback of trainer(s) and group on presentations made by the participant, assessment of final work (such as: own action plan, produced master piece and prepared dissemination).
We provide an electronic learning platform where all course material is assembled. Course participants can have a skype contact with the trainer before and after the course.
The course is the result of a previous international project or collaboration. In Portugal we have a partnership with a local in-service training organization, AlmadaForma, PIC 945946911, in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Migration and Intercultural Relations (CEMRI) of the University Alberta. The team of trainers is multinational. We have an active policy to include as many different nationalities as possible.
The courses are specifically organized in Lisbon in order to be able to include study visits and locally present expertise.
The course is organized in the conference room of the University Aberta of Lisbon and participants stay at a nice hotel, both located in the centre of Lisbon (10 km from Lisbon airport), near the roundabout of Marquês de Pombal. The hotel is situated near the historic places of the city and close to the River Tagus. There is a very easy access from the airport. Public transport and taxis provide fast connection from and to Lisbon centre. More information: http://www.erasmusplus-ist.eu/diversity-in-education