The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union defined in 2006, reviewed in 2018, eight key competences for lifelong learning.
Within the European Union, various countries such as Finland, the United Kingdom and Belgium have reformed their curricula in order to develop interdisciplinary approaches and promote the mastery of transversal skills. In this vein, the 2016 school year in France will see the implementation of interdisciplinary practical teaching in secondary schools.
The development of pedagogical approaches that go beyond traditional disciplinary configurations implies an evolution in teaching practices. In particular, in-service training should enable teachers to take part in collective projects and develop different learning strategies based on more active student participation.
The objective of the CROSSCUT project is to contribute to the improvement of teacher training in the implementation of innovative pedagogical approaches based on interdisciplinarity.
More specifically, it aims to:
- Highlight "good practices" and to identify success factors and obstacles to their implementation,
- Define the skills needed by teachers to develop relevant interdisciplinary practices,
- Design and develop an online training program,
- Create a community of practitioners on the issue of interdisciplinarity,
- Make recommendations to political authorities, school heads and teacher training institutions.
Activities and Expected Results
- A field survey entitled "Situational survey, An insight on interdisciplinarity in Europe today", available now in its English version [see the box “Results” above], identifies cross-curricular practices and, also, enablers and obstacles to implement cross-curricular teaching.
- Based on the results of this study, a reference framework has been published, available now in English [see the box “Results” above], for teachers and school principals, defining the most important competences to be acquired for the implementation of cross-curricular teaching.
- An online training platform has been created : https://crosscut.uab.pt/. Online training modules are accessible in English, providing access to resources and a professional community dedicated to cross-curricular teaching.
- Recommendations will be made to political authorities, school heads and teacher training institutions.
From 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2019.
Teachers, pre-service teachers, trainers of trainers, head teachers, public authorities and policy makers.
Coordinated by the CIEP, this project is being carried out with teacher training and educational research institutions specialising in interdisciplinary approaches and e-learning in six European countries:Centre international d’études pédagogiques, France
- Centre International d’Etudes Pedagogiques, France
- Institut français de l'Education, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
- Laboratory for Coherent Education and Learning, University College Lillebaelt, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
- Educational Research Institute, Poland
- Instituto de Educação, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
- Universidade Aberta, Portugal
- Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, Norway
- CICERO Learning, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Association for teacher education in Europe, Belgium
- Centro de Formação Franscisco de Holanda, Portugal
- Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe (CIDREE), Switzerland
- Ecole supérieure de l'éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, France
- European Federation for intercultural learning, Belgium
- Ministère de l'éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, France
- Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany
- Réseau national des Écoles supérieures du professorat et de l’éducation, France
- University of Agder, Norway
- Symposion Network, The Netherlands
Virginie Timmerman : firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is funded with the support of the European Commission.
This publication is the sole responsibility of the author and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.