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InterTrainE: Intercultural Training for Educators

  • Katerina StraniKaterina Strani
  • Chrissy Koundouraki
  • Kalliope Rodopoulou

Goal: Development of an Intercultural Training course for Educators of Adults.

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Katerina Strani
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This report aims to present collected information about the existing programmes for the integration of migrants in Italy, Finland, UK and Greece, and the training programmes offered to those who work as educators for migrants in these countries. The analysis of this data will serve as a starting point for the following stages of the project by giving us an understanding of questions such as: What do migrants feel is lacking in their integration process? What are they looking for when they start their new life in our countries? How can educators understand their needs and improve their skills? Which issues are crucial to promote the empowerment of migrants and their impact in the hosting society? Desk research is important to point out the aspects that need to be developed further in order to boost the integration process of refugees and migrants. Additionally, the research has been useful to get a list of existing training programmes for educators of migrants in the countries involved in the partnership. Training and education are fundamental parts of the development of teachers: the quality of teachers largely depends on the training they received. Moreover, by providing their students with necessary skills and knowledge, good educators indirectly contribute to their integration processes. The report also includes the results of 104 semi-structured interviews we held with educators across all participating countries, in which we asked them about the training programmes they attended. These interviews gave us the opportunity to directly involve people actually working in this field. During the interviews, we discussed what kinds of training they had, talking about the learning material, the methodology, the duration and other aspects. The interviews were also an opportunity for the educators to reflect upon the outcomes of training programmes they attended, which particular aspects made them more or less useful for their working practice and why. It was also an opportunity for them to freely express their suggestions in order to improve the training offered in this particular field. In conclusion, the report will be divided into two different sections: 1. Background research, in which both the research about existing integration programmes for migrants and the research about the training programmes on intercultural education will be presented; 2. Qualitative research, in which the results of the semi-structured interviews with educators working in intercultural contexts will be presented.
This report has been developed within the Erasmus+ Project “Intercultural Training for Educators - InterTrainE” (KA2 action/ Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education). The aim of this project, managed by seven partners in four countries (UK, Finland, Italy and Greece) is to develop a training programme for educators teaching adult migrants. In order to reach this aim, the partnership will carry out several activities, in order to:  Conduct research on intercultural education with the aim of identifying the training needs of educators  Collect data on existing training programmes designed for migrants and their cultural integration  Point out the need for updating or developing new material  Produce a curriculum and training materials on intercultural education and training for adult educators  Develop an open access online course (Massive Open Online Course or MOOC), where the training materials will be uploaded and adapted  Implement a Joint Staff Training Event (JSTE), that will be used to test the formerly developed curriculum and training materials  Produce a training guide and a course syllabus with final material and useful information and tips addressed to adult educators and all interested parties. The aim of this report is to present the results of the needs analysis conducted in the partner countries on the training needs of educators and teachers who work with adult migrants in intercultural contexts. The analysis has given us the possibility to examine the state of affairs and the specific requirements in terms of intercultural skills for teachers and educators, through a face to face and on-line survey addressed to both teachers and migrants. In fact, in order to identify the training needs of educators, the partnership believes that not only is it important to involve their own workers, but also it is important to involve the beneficiaries of the training, that is the final output of the project. This decision improved and made more realistic the results of the survey because the opinion of migrant learners are external subjects and can freely express their point of view.
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Development of an Intercultural Training course for Educators of Adults.