Comenius 2008 – 2010
England, Ireland, Portugal, Malta, Czech Republic
Teachers and teaching assistants, School Children
The project is being conducted within an action research framework in three cycles of action:
- In year 1, a visual education resource of images by contemporary European artists was created, and school children’s visualizations of Europe were investigated.
- In the Action Research completed in year 1, the teams planned, implemented and evaluated educational interventions in schools in each partner nation using these resources.
- In year 2, a selection of schemes of work are being piloted and evaluated for inclusion in a cross-national training product.
The link between art and citizenship education has not previously been investigated in the European context and this is a new area of curriculum development and research. The project trained teachers and teaching assistants in digital imaging processes, platforms and techniques as a medium of cross national communication. Throughout the project, the photo-sharing website Flickr and the virtual learning platform StudyZone (which has now changed to Moodle) were systematically employed to document the action in each country and facilitate sharing of information, visual resources and evaluation.
The project published the following teacher training materials through this website:
- Guidelines and strategies for engaging school children in reflection and critical discussion of images that represent their personal and collective identifications;
- Suggestions for facilitating lessons in which school children represent and explore their own personal and group identifications using digital media;
- Case studies, examples of schemes of work and lesson plans that integrate citizenship education content, resources and methods (including a political dimension and human rights) into discussion of visual images;
- An image bank and support materials for facilitating teaching about European citizenship in Art and Citizenship lessons.