CROSSCUT, CROSS-CUrricular Teaching, or “interdisciplinary teaching,” is a European project funded by the ERASMUS+ programme that aims to support the professional development of secondary teachers by training them in the interdisciplinary pedagogical approach, in order to improve students’ acquisition of key cross-disciplinary skills (link is external). The project, led by the CIEP, includes six partner European countries: France, Portugal, Poland, Norway, Finland, Denmark.
After having published an inventory of the current interdisciplinary practice in the participating European countries, the CROSSCUT team publish a European frame of reference collecting the common skills for interdisciplinary teaching. The general objective of this publication is to define the skills that the teachers must acquire during the course of their training and throughout their career, in order to implement interdisciplinary activities in their classrooms and in their schools. For example, teachers must perfectly master their own subject knowledge in order to be able to explore other curriculum areas and identify common subjects. It is also necessary to know how to work with other teachers.
This European frame of reference has led to the creation of a free training course accessible to all, in English, that will be available online this summer. It is mainly aimed at practicing secondary teachers, trainee teachers and school leaders.
The CROSSCUT project will come to an end in August 2019; a final conference will be organised to present the findings.