POI - Portfolio of Integrati
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POI - Portfolio Of Integration provides a new approach to the educational integration of migrant children/children of migrants/new arrivals. The core aim of the POI Project is to help teachers to extend their intercultural and pedagogical expertise in order to help such young people to integrate more effectively in the classroom, school and wider ‘host’ society. Oxfam Italia developed the “Notebook of Integration” that was designed to help teachers address the specific needs of the children within these changing demographics. In particular, the Notebook acted as a tool for the development of teachers’ observational skills in the classroom and wider school context.
The presence of significant numbers of migrant pupils has important implications for education systems. Schools must adjust to their presence and build their particular needs into the traditional focus on providing high quality and equitable education. Education is the key to ensuring that these pupils are equipped to become integrated, successful and active citizens of the host country; education can therefore help migration to be positive both for migrants and for the host country. Schools can and must play a leading role in creating an inclusive society, as integration at classroom level is often a microcosm of integration in wider society. Migration can be enriching for the educational experience of all: linguistic and cultural diversity can bring added value to schools. It can help to deepen and strengthen pedagogies, skills, and knowledge itself.
POI aims to strengthen the intercultural competences of secondary school teachers, and help them to adapt and develop new teaching methodologies and observational tools to support the integration of migrants students. The specific objectives are:
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The Notebook of Integration would help teachers to:
The ‘Notebook of Integration’ utilizes an observational schedule based around 6 key indicators of integration:
1. Measures put in place in schools to receive and welcome migrant students;
2. L2 (receiving country language) competence;
3. Peer relations in class;
4. Peer relations in extra-curricular activities;
5. L1 (heritage language) competence;
Some of the indicators relate to the integration of the migrants students themselves, while others were designed to assess the wider interactional dimensions with their peers.
This initiative is exceptionally important at a European level since it recognizes and addresses the issue of reducing early school leaving and decreasing the gap in educational attainment among migrant and “hosting” students. The project impact on this by applying innovative methodologies and tools; encouraging teachers to be more assertive in the task of surpassing cultural barriers and, as a consequence, potentially more effective in tacking social exclusion and promoting active citizenship.
Across the two years of the project, POI has a number of key targets and intended outcomes:
Concerning the ongoing LLP project, the results will be evaluated against the initial objectives of the training course. The evaluation will be at national contexts in EN, PO, TU and IT, to provide feedback from four different countries. The responses will be gathered and fed into a data collection format, where all the information will be processed to understandable information and it will be possible to conduct a comparative analysis between the courses. With all the feedback from the testing and evaluation, partners will discuss the type of changes that will be implemented in the training course (content, pedagogical, methodologies) and how they will be transferred these changes to each national version of the training course. Based on the results from the questionnaires an assessment report will be developed after the conduction of the training course. The report will contain an assessment of the individual courses and an overall discussion of improvements, modifications and possible changes to the final version of the training course.
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