Bridging the gaps in teacher education and schools through interdisciplinary work (BRIDGES)
Interdisciplinary work is decisive to succeed with education rapidly developing and society bringing a future with uncertainties. Collaborating across different disciplines are needed to face the societal challenges we are up against. To be successful, we need to bridge the gaps between academic disciplines and school subjects – within teacher education and in school. The overall aim of BRIDGES is to produce new research-based knowledge and practice for teacher education.
From August 2020 a new National Curriculum is implemented in Norway, changing the school with, among several things, three cross-cutting themes expected to address current and future societal challenges:
- public health and life skills
- democracy and citizenship
- sustainable development
Through systematic work with quality in education and partnership, BRIDGES will test, evaluate, and document teaching about, for, and through these three themes in search for examples of best practices. The project will also produce and share learning material. The results of this project will improve teacher education’s capability to adapt to the needs of schools. Additionally, it will strengthen teacher education and teacher educators as resources for schools, local society, and policymakers. Schools have started bridging the gaps between and across school subjects in their preparations for implementing the new curriculum. This is, therefore, a favorable time for this project as we can test new ways of collaboration and bridging gaps in the education system.
BRIDGES is based on three well-established teacher education institutions working in different ways with developing, strengthening and systematizing interdisciplinary work within their teacher education programs. This provides unique opportunities for rich comparative research.
DIKU project: “INN builds capacity”.
Project period: 2019-2022
The Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Audiovisual Media and Creative Technologies, and CCL (at INN University) were awarded a grant from the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU) connected to the programme Student Active Learning.
The project focuses on strengthening students’ generic skills, resilience and capacity for change and the use of Virtual Reality technologies in teacher training.
2019-2021 "Let's Take Care of the Planet"
The "Let's take care of the planet!" Project comes from an application to the Citizens Activites Program, co-financed by the EEA Grants Fund, supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Calouste Gulbenkiam Foundation and the Bissaya Barreto Foundation are the managing entities of this program.
The overall objective of the project is to reinforce the democratic culture and civic awareness of school-age youth through the implementation of the methodology of the European project "Let's take care of the planet!" in Portugal, in a structured and networked way.
A toolkit has been prepared in relation to this project with the following title:
Change Actions for the local, sustainable future we want: Training for trainers methodology pack
This methodology challenges learners to become agents of change in their own communities and to initiate first steps towards the wider social transformation called for in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.1 By identifying actions that they can take to address sustainability issues in their own communities, learners will be able to draw strong connections between the personal, local and global dimensions of sustainable development.
The project is coordinated by the ASPEA - Portuguese Association of Environmental Education, with the other partners of the project: the Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development (at Inland Norway University), the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth (IPDJ), the Youth Centre of Lisbon (CJL), the NOVA University of Lisbon, the five Schools Association Formation Centres (CFAE), and the General Directorate of Education in Portugal.
The project has a duration of 30 months (April 2019 - September 2021).
Projects website: https://vamoscuidardoplaneta.wixsite.com/vcdp