Nowadays, students are bombarded with information, news and opinions which are difficult to be managed. This makes it easier for them to rely uncritically on them, than to reflect with an open mind and spirit of analysis.
It is often difficult for teachers to manage discussions on sensitive issues, helping students to reflect autonomously and to create their own opinions, hence, avoiding extreme positions and “radical” thoughts.
The PRACTICE project aims to provide secondary schools’ teachers with an innovative training and effective tools to develop the critical thinking of their students and to help them to consciously approach the complexity of today’s world.
For these reasons, the PRACTICE project’s partners have met with teachers, school leaders and education experts in the last months to; Gather their views on the topic of critical thinking and radicalisation prevention, to understand the role that schools can have and to plan the most effective intervention that can meet the real needs of the local contexts on which we will act.
On the 2nd and 3rd of April, the project partners met in Liverpool (UK) to discuss in depth the results of the research carried out, to analyse the local contexts and needs in different countries and territories and to plan a specific intervention action.
In the coming months, the partners will work on the development of a teacher training programme, with theoretical contents and practical activities to support students in strengthening their critical thinking with specific reference to the most sensitive issues that characterize current public discourse, developing their social, civic and intercultural skills and promoting the common European values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination.
The results of the research carried out in recent months will be available shortly, as well as the training program that will be tested in Italy, Austria, Greece, Germany, Denmark and the UK from the next school year.
PRACTICE – PREVENTING RADICALISM THROUGH CRITICAL THINKING COMPETENCES is co-funded by Erasmus+ programme – KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for school education.
The consortium holds together:
- Coordinator: Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci – Italy
- BLINC – Blended Learning Institutions Cooperative – Germany
- Merseyside Expanding Horizons – UK
- KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Center – Greece
- Mhtconsult ApS – Danmark
- Verein Multikulturell – Austria
- Fondazione Hallgarten Franchetti Centro Studi Villa Montesca – Italy