The project looks into the professional capacity of teachers to deal with diversity related to migration

Summary of the project

The project looks into the professional capacity of teachers to deal with diversity related to migration (in all its different forms). Professional capacity includes innovative forms of cooperation between educational professionals and other professionals dealing with children. A review of the literature (Severiens, Wolff & Van Herpen, 2014) shows that strengthening professional capacity with the aim to stimulate school success among diverse groups of migrant students asks for expertise in five content areas: language diversity, pedagogy/didactics, social psychology and identity, parental involvement and community-schools relationships. The review by Severiens et al. concludes that if schools are committed to increasing achievement among migrant groups, and closing the achievement gap, they should facilitate high levels of professional capacity in these five areas of expertise.

On the basis of the review, NAOS will promote mutual learning on effective pre-service teacher training as well as in-service professional development activities.

Aims/Objectives of the project

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen professional capacity in the partner countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Norway, Lithuania and Portugal) and their respective schools. With the ultimate goal to increase educational attainment and reduce drop out and unemployment among groups of migrant children. The project is called ‘NAOS’, a star that refers to the fundament of a Greek building. By choosing this name, the partners emphasised the idea that professional capacity is the fundament of good quality education.

Target groups

The project addresses and involves in the action educators, researchers, practitioners, and experts.

Partners

Croatia
  • Forum for Freedom in Education
Cyprus
  • Pedagogic Institute Cyprus
Estonia
  • Tartu International School MTU
Greece
  • University of Patras
Lithuania
  • Public Policy and Management Institute - PPMI
Netherlands
  • Erasmus University
Norway
  • Ostfold University College - HIOF
Portugal
  • University of Porto

Co-Funder

European Commission, DG EAC

Deliverables / output of the project

The following deliverables were produced:

  • A review of the literature in five areas: language development, didactic resources, social psychology issues, parents and community organisations;
  • Activities in each of these five areas to collect and exchange information from the participating countries on effective pre-service teacher training as well as in-service professional development activities;

Coordinator of the project

Risbo