Date and venue: 20-21 May 2022, European University of Armenia
Local organiser of the ECML training and consultancy: Sona Hakobyan
ECML experts: Christine Lechner and Renata Zanin
Participants: 25 language teachers, school teachers, university professors, head of studies and departments
In a time of rapid change, it is very important to have well-organised and up to date educational programmes and curricula. The ECML’s Action Research Communities (ARC) Training and Consultancy activities capitalize on all the benefits and strengths of action research and teacher communities and enhance professionals’ skills and further empower them. The Training and Consultancy events offer a way to help educators everywhere experience a common vision and carry out collaborative analysis and reflective practice.
ARC already has many success stories from previous training events in ECML member states - these were made available to the participants at the event via Padlet. The events focus on the specific needs of a country taking up the ARC offer. In the case of Armenia; an article on Classroom Action Research has been published by Sona Hakobyan (p. 134, see https://www.eiu.am/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/banber-2021-01.pdf). In the article, the questionnaire on teachers’ awareness of action research showed that teachers are not initially completely familiar with classroom action research, but, with the help of ECML training and consultancy event, many teachers were able to develop this knowledge. The ECML experts, Christine Lechner and Renata Zanin, motivated Armenian teachers to develop ARCs and boost their experience. The expert team also provided very well developed materials and brochures from the ECML.