November 2019 – November 2021
Focus: Promoting the use of self-reflection tools to support innovation and systemic change in schools.
The project Reflecting for Change (R4C) aims at proposing an advanced support framework, as well as a set of core policy recommendations, to schools seeking to introduce a type of holistic change that will ensure a meaningful uptake of sustainable innovation, with an emphasis on achieving improved learning outcomes as set by the Europe 2020 strategy. In R4C approach, innovation is understood in terms of a school’s pathway to digital maturity (e-maturity) and its comprehensive relationship to the use of ICT, as well as a school’s pathway to openness demonstrated in its relationship with external stakeholders, in parental engagement, in fostering the well-being of its community as a whole, in its ability to combine the delivering of the curriculum with a study of local challenges, in its willingness and capacity to share its achievements with other schools and in its engagement with contemporary Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) challenges.
The consortium organizes and coordinates large scale pilots with schools to evaluate the effects of, and systematically validate the proposed approach by implementing numerous activities and exploiting at the same time the opportunities offered by major ongoing initiatives and reforms, in Greece, Portugal and Italy. The project is implemented with a bottom-up approach in 300 primary and secondary schools, in urban as well as in rural areas while the sample for the validation of the proposed approach consists of 1,500 teachers and 15,000 students.
Ellinogermaniki Agogi – Greece (coordinator)
European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) – UK
ScienceView – EU level
University of Bayreuth (UBT) – Germany
Institute of Educational Policy (IEP) – Greece
Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza – Italy
NUCLIO – Núcleo Interativo de Astronomia – Portugal
ESHA leads the work package on Dissemination & Sustainability and plays a key role in the work package on “From School Reflection to School Development” by having the responsibility for the preparation of the Training Materials and the on-line Support for School Heads and teachers. ESHA also coordinates the preparation of one of the key documents of the project, the School Innovation Strategies. ESHA is extremely well placed to activate its entire network of head teachers from around Europe, spreading and multiplying the impact of the proposed project by supporting and guiding head teachers and encouraging them to involve their schools to adapt the open culture promoted by R4C. R4C project is promoting a bottom-up approach as the consortium trusts that the practitioner-led innovation holds a unique potential to effectively introduce sustainable innovations in contrast with time consuming top-down approaches. ESHA offers a sustainable framework for introducing the project outcomes and findings to a large number of schools.
Project website: https://reflecting4change.eu
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