COTTAS - Culture of Teacher Training at School

COTTAS - description of the european project

While visiting schools which are situated in different institutional contexts and which have different pedagogical concepts, we would like to get to know their way of dealing with the task of qualifying teachers at school.
Having a look at different ways of defining problems, aims and solutions under different circumstances will most certainly help to clarify one’s own questions and to organize one’s own teaching experience in a more creative and effective way. The expertise and the unbiased way of looking at things of a so-called “observer from without” or “critical friend” with methods like peer evaluation, peer feedback or peer learning activity will be a very important contribution to the respective quality development processes at the individual schools.
During the project, every school is dealing with its own "pillar" (as mentioned in D1) and prepare an activity during the project meeting (i.e. a workshop) guided by a theoretical input (i.e. lecture) where the guests can see what kind of solutions the schools has tried out and why.
Before each visit the hosting school will provide information to the other schools about the topic(s) that will be discussed during the visit (e.g. situation, problems,…) in order to prepare the meetings.
For examining the situation, we are planning to use methods such as Pear Learning Activity (PLA). Thus, the visiting schools can reflect upon the hosting school’s problems, situation etc. and can provide helpful advices, ideas, etc.
At the subsequent visit the former hosting school can now report on changes and development since the last visit. The other schools will also report on what effects the former meeting has had on their schools.
At every meeting there will be 4 main areas for our work:
• the qualification of the teachers in respect of the specific pillar of the school
• focus on the effects of the school's measures on the students
• a superordinate topic will be how the schools work with students with special needs
• each hosting school will present an individual additional topic at the meeting (i.e. for the FLS (Germany), this will be the individual support of students)
In the time between the meetings the schools will on the one hand discuss and try out what they learnt at the meeting. On the other hand they will prepare their own meeting (working on their pillar) and implement the results suggested by the visiting schools during their stay.