1) Needs analysis
This Pedagogical Guide will consist in a methodology aiming to assist teachers/training staff in developing raising awareness activities related to natural, cultural heritage and its needed protection in class.
Schools and training organisations need to have adequate educational methodologies that involve teaching strategies and teaching tools to be able to transmit to their students the values of current natural and cultural heritage challenges. That is to say, with the most updated educational trends and ICT tools.
Our Pedagogical Guide will also be based on the results of the needs detected in the Baseline study carried out in IO1, notably through the common survey that will be organized in the first phase of this project. Moreover, the intellectual content will be designed according to the educational needs identified in both areas: natural and cultural heritage and teaching/training.
2) Output main content
This Pedagogical Guide will describe innovative and concrete pedagogical approaches to support teachers and training staff to help our students become drivers of change to better protect their natural and cultural environment, to enable them to be “ambassadors” of their territory, to represent it both locally and at the European scale, being able to present their area, its environment, history, biodiversity and natural and cultural heritage. Thus, being able to explain and convince of the necessity not only to protect it, preserving its traditional activities but also incorporating new ones adapted to nowadays needs as tourism activities for example, as far as they have a positive impact in the environment and for the people living in the territory.
This IO2 will also be composed of a training phase aiming to test and design this pedagogical approach with teachers/training staff. This “Train the Trainers’ course” will be based on a blended learning methodology: online training and face to face sessions.
3) Target groups and expected impacts
The identified target groups are:
• Teachers/training staff willing to develop and implement raising awareness activities and learning activities related to natural and cultural heritage.
More specifically, we will address to:
• Teachers willing to participate to the online training
• Training staff willing to participate to the local face to face sessions.
The online training and local face to face sessions are more detailed below.
The expected impacts are the following:
• Direct impact: provide teachers and training staff efficient and helpful methodological guidelines enabling them to better understand and implement activities aiming to raise awareness about natural and cultural heritage among young people. Thus, teachers will be more equipped to implement the content of the third and final IO (Toolkit).
• Indirect impact: Teachers/training staff who will participate to the Train the Trainers’ course will be able to explain and transfer the teaching competences (knowledge and skills) to their peers and colleagues (cascade training).
4) Elements of innovation
The innovation will come from the mix between online and face to face training enabling us to test and design the Pedagogical Guide with and for the teachers/training staff. The online training will be organized as a virtual classroom through the virtual teaching and learning environment (VTLE) to create an active collaborative environment. Beyond the innovative digital environment that we will use, we will also implement a learning pathway based on the flipped training approach in which, direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment, where the trainer guides the trainees as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.
The innovation will also come from the implementation of the “cascade training”, meaning that teachers/training staff that will participate to the Train the Trainers’ course will be able to transfer the teaching competences to their peers and colleagues in the future.
5) Transferability potential
As methodological guide, this IO will be designed as a key element to ensure the transferability of our project results.
• It will provide a common method and pedagogical approach that would be applied by a diversity of territories and schools/training organizations. This common methodology will then be adapted locally by our different territories.
• This guide will be available in English and could easily be translated in partners’ languages, ensuring a better transferability.
• This guide will be designed taking into account the needs and knowledge of a large network composed of our partners’ organizations, of associated partners and school teachers of our respective territories), this network will be helpful to widely disseminate and transfer the methodology proposed within the Pedagogical Guide