The recent panorama across the EU with a series of simultaneous crises: refugees, multi-culturalism, uneven economic development, and bailing out neighbours at a time of low economic growth have led this partnership to strongly believe that ethics and values as well as critical thinking are increasingly becoming very important aspects in the development of a democratic, pluralistic, and knowledge-based society, both in terms of the position and the role of an individual as a citizen as well as in the area of an individual’s personal development.
Scientific research has proven that early childhood education is the most important phase to initiate a healthy development (Stiles, Jernigen 2010; Jolles, Crone 2012). Ethical education and critical thinking have a significant role in forming an ethical mature human being. Despite this, practices, experiences and opportunities for ECEC and primary school teachers to obtain knowledge in this field vary significantly, as it is the case with the presence of innovative educational approaches to these topics. All these reasons and challenges represent an important motivation for us to propose this project.
The project will address the field of ethics and values education and focus on empowering Early Childhood Care and Education (ECEC) pre-school and primary School Professionals to learn about values based on 3 pillars:
Our project will:
The project aims to reach out:
The consortium of AVAL is formed by 10 project partners from 9 different EU countries which come from a wide range of backgrounds including the World Association of Early Childhood education, Universities, Training, research and development centres and Associations, and SMEs. Part of the partnership has been participating in the Edu-teach (VG-SPS-BY-15-36-013864) and ETHIKA (KA2-SE-31/14) projects and this proposal emerges from the needs identified in both projects.
AVAL is in full alignment with the priorities, objectives and aims of the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships call for Schools as it envisions in 0-3, 3-6 and 7-11 teachers up-skilling and provision of transversal skills, providing access to Open Educational Resources based on ICT, link continuous education and training with higher education (ECTS), implement awareness campaigns, and promote validation, accreditation and certification for 0-3, 3-6 and 7-11 teachers.
The activities of the project will consist in THREE MAIN INTELLECTUAL OUTPUTS, namely:
The methodology employed will be that of critical thinking approach and Ethics and Values education with children, and the outputs will be prepared collaboratively, in relation to the identified real needs of teachers that will be established in focus groups; all the outputs will be peer reviewed and tested in practice.
There will also be 1 multiplier event in Madrid (ES) and training activities that are planned to widely disseminate and pilot the outputs of the project.
Asociación Mundial de Educadores Infantiles – Spain
Innovation Training Center, S.L. – Spain
Innovation in Learning Institute, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nurmeberg – Germany
STePS srl – Italy
Dapesti muszaki es gazdasagtudomanyi egyetem – Hungary
Udruga za poticanje neformalnog obrazovanja, kritickog misljenja i filozofije u praksi Mala filozofija – Croatia
Center for advancement of research and development in educational technology ltd – Cyprus
Militos symvouleutiki a.e. – Greece
Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana – Slovenia
Fundatia Centrul Educational Spektrum – Romania