A major event for the project took place this year: a workshop bringing together professionals from many countries to discuss the development of teacher competences for pluralistic approaches. The workshop took place on 28 and 29 September at the ECML in Graz and brought together the team, 3 associated partners and 36 participants, half of them online. The discussions were rich, and the feedback showed that the tools the team is developing (a reference framework of teacher competences for pluralistic approaches and materials for teacher education) are perceived very positively. They are seen as resources that can contribute to (better) integrating the plural dimensions in teacher education, and thus to promoting plurilingual, intercultural and inclusive education.
Taking as a starting point some of the teaching competences identified by the team for the implementation of pluralistic approaches, the participants engaged in discussions aimed at the production of new materials for teacher education, in particular concerning the competences they consider to be particularly relevant in their contexts.
Since the workshop, the team has been working in parallel on the development of tools for teacher education and the organisation of a network. This network will bring together some of the workshop participants who wish to continue the work started there, as well as other professionals who wish to collaborate on the creation of new resources for the development of teacher competences for pluralistic approaches and in exchanges on the piloting of materials in their contexts.
The next step is the network meeting which will take place on 3 and 4 February 2022. The team is looking forward to this new opportunity to exchange and collaborate with professionals from different countries and contexts.
Brigitte Gerber, coordinator
- ECML project website "Developing teacher competences for pluralistic approaches – Training and reflection tools for teachers and teacher educators" (available in English and French): www.ecml.at/pluralisticteachercompetences