The Erasmus+ KA201 project “Accompanying development potentials in the early education 0-6” (Edu B612) aims to develop and validate an innovative educational model for children from 0 to 6 years, transferable at the European level, based on the most modern neuro-psycho-pedagogical theories of teaching practice, which can be applied concretely in educational contexts.
The objectives of the project are:
– Creation of an international network of specialists and organizations promoting the close collaboration between the academic world, teacher training institutions and educational institutions for the promotion of innovation and quality in early childhood education
– The creation of new curricula for teachers aimed at the development of the skills needed to adopt an experimental model in early childhood education
– A new guidance to early childhood education through the creation of a white paper on approaches and experimented educational models in the 0-6 age group, for public bodies and decision makers at national and European level.
The project partners represent educational institutions at different levels: Polo Europeo della Conoscenza (Italy) permanent network of school at national level, department of childhood education of the Gazi University of Ankara (Turkey), Department of Education of the Autonomous Government of Castilla y León (Spain), Panevezys District Education Centre (Lithuania), Clementoni spa (Italy). In order to give a greater impact to the project from the political-decisional point of view, two of the partners are national and regional bodies that can have an impact on hundreds of schools (4000 Spain and 300 Lithuania). Moreover, the involvement of a corporation producing educational game will allow the project to enrich its pragmatic view and to promote the design of concrete materials to stimulate the potential development with the creation of a brand of educational tools and toys validated by the experts of the project. 12 associated partners including universities and schools are also involved in the project. The active presence of these partners is necessary to facilitate the carrying out of the research phase: the schools will in fact be invited to modify their educational spaces and the organization of their lessons according to the strategies identified. The model will be structured by drawing on various theoretical sources: Vygotsky, Piaget, constructivism and co-constructivism. These theories will be related to modern educational strategies such as metacognitive processes, peer education and cooperative learning and transformed into educational modules for the development of specific processes (language, logical-mathematical, motor, affective-emotional-relational). These methods will become the real center of teaching and a point of reference for the teacher in his educational practice. Three macro-workshops will characterize the model and they will be: the workshop of languages (“to say”), the workshop of production and thought (“to do”), and finally the workshop that will develop the emotional-affective-relational area (“to kiss”). The methodologies developed will pay particular attention to the inclusion of all children beyond their talents, potential, difficulties or disabilities. The Edu B612 model will have a motivational approach and enhancement of the talents and individual skills of children, through educational help systems in which educators will not replace them or overburden them, but will provide functional stimuli for learning and emotional wellbeing and will accompany them in the experience of growth. Practical tools , adapted and adaptable, will be created with materials developed by educators to enhance the process areas, taking into account the proximal development of skills related to competences and metacognitive, cooperative learning and peer education. With this in mind, all the methodologies developed will pay particular attention to the inclusion of all children beyond their potentials, difficulties or disabilities. The training and application modules will be scientifically validated within the schools. The results of research, experimentation, validation and training will be the subject of the production of a white paper on new approaches and educational models aimed at decision and policy makers. With various scientific articles the project will be disseminated at European level. All the training materials produced will be openly available for the interested educators on the online platform of the project. Furthermore a toolkit for educators will be produced and it will collect the workshop activities created during the project experimentation.