Project

The Mobility

The mobility phase is central for the progress of the MIS project and the development of results. It is meant as a "pilot" activity during which all participants, trainers and students, at the same time can experiment end put into practice the training modules - EGPs -, prepared in the previous project period, and put into practice program organised in real and active coordination with all of the other parterns.
The mobility is, therefore, organized during the same period for all the partners of the project - from 09/03/09 to 04/04/09.

Its general objective is to contribute to improving training, not limited at a National level, but having a wider space of manoeuvre and in order to succeed in underlining common problems and common ways to tackle them. The European dimension is introduced within the initial training of Tts by prompting the International cooperation and the mobility of the MiS target group, and influencing their view (TTs) about the geographical space available to plan the future, educationally and professionally speaking. In this sense, the mobility in the MiS project is an important training moment, not only transversally, by improving the consciousness of the European citizenship, but also in the didactical and disciplinary levels.
The beneficiaries of this action run a training program abroad where the model elaborated at a local level, the single EGP - is tested in other and different contexts and can be followed by an International class-group, in line with a project aiming at tuning science education across Europe.
Furthermore, real teaching practice is actively performed by beneficiaries, for some of them being their first time, in real extra-National classrooms.

The selection of TTs is made through the publication of local open calls taking into account their specialisation fields in connection to the training program prepared, the "EGPs", to be followed in the destination Country.

58 TTs take part to the mobility activity, 28 boys and 30 girls supported by a "task force" of about 40 trainers, the so called MiS community, involving researchers, University teachers' trainers and also local TTs. The program starts contemporaneously for all the partners together on Monday, 09 March and ended on Sunday, 05 April 2009, for a total of 28 days.

Mobility

The organisation of this program takes into consideration different elements contributing to its success and to the satisfaction of beneficiaries. Partners agree on the importance of preparing the beneficiaries before departure, therefore, a short course of induction, addressed to the "mobility" beneficiaries is provided, and the participation of the "hosting" colleagues, the local TTs is also foreseen in order to help the incoming group to follow the organised activities. In fact, because of the short duration of the program, the integration of about 10 "foreign" students, coming from 6 different Countries is facilitated by the involvement of a group "hosting" students.
Specific attention is also devoted to informing about the framework of reference of the programme within which this project is created, the LLP and the Comenius general aims, together with the basic ideas and theories underlying the MiS project.
In addition, Partners can concentrate on the importance of transparency and clarity of the program and its organisation before its implementation, thanks to previous experience into International mobility programs and in line with the indications outlined in "The European quality charter for Mobility"1. Specifically, detailed information on the schedule of the program, logistics, grant allowance and administration is specified to the group.
In the 6 Countries,the program includes welcome and ice breaking activities, a presentation by each beneficiary of the Country Educational System and, specifically, of the Initial training University Course they attend. Cultural Visits and a short language "survival course" are organised in every destination partner in order to help students get into the new culture they are visiting. Obviously the main part of the program is represented by the training path, which involves the experimentation of the "EGPs". On the one hand the EGP elaborated by the local partner, in the destination Country, is the core part of the training, and it is developed in cooperation with and supported by the hosting working groups. On the other hand an external experimentation of another EGP (totally or partially), selected from the ones elaborated by the other partners, is also implemented.
Finally, visits to secondary schools and practical teaching into real classrooms is also implemented.

At the end of the program, a project certification and recognition of credits (3 ECTS corresponding to 30 hours in classroom including the contact hours) are delivered to beneficiaries.

Here follows the scheme implemented by the partnership outlying the selected areas of specialisation of Trainee Teachers in connection with the destination Country and relative EGPs.

Scheme




1 "European Quality Charter for Mobility" Focusing on the quality aspects of mobility, constitutes a reference document for stays abroad in order to ensure that participants, both young people and adults, have a positive experience. Its scope covers stays by young people and adults for the purposes of both formal and non-formal learning and hence for their personal and professional development. It offers guidance designed to respond to participants' expectations and the legitimate requirements of education bodies and institutions. The Charter thus provides a better framework for free movement of persons in the field of education and training, so as to consolidate the creation of a true European area of education and training and enhance economic, social and regional cohesion.