On March 31, 2022, the INSTRUCTION project (Upskilling school teachers for education-work transition), in which the DAISSy research group of the Hellenic Open University participated was successfully completed. The duration of the project was two years and was funded under the program Erasmus + / KA2 / Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education. The project consortium included 6 partners from 4 European countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Romania) and aimed to create an innovative teaching model to facilitate students’ transition from education to the world of work; and to strengthen the link between schools and business.
The DAISSy research team developed the innovative teaching model to support the internship / apprenticeship and participated in the development of the methodology for its application in the school environment through a six-step process. It participated in the design of the training program for 20 teachers from the project partner countries and designed and developed the e-learning platform used in both the teachers’ training program and the pilot implementation of the innovative teaching model in 5 European secondary schools. Based on the results of the pilot actions, the DAISSy research team determined a set of opportunities for integrating the innovative teaching model at local, regional, national and European level. Finally, it made a key contribution to the authoring of a scientific paper for the dissemination of project results.
The feedback received from teachers, students and representatives from the business community highlighted the usefulness and compatibility of the proposed model in different educational systems. The findings of the pilot implementation evaluation underlined the completeness in the coverage of the required skills by the teachers, the quality of the educational material, the efficiency and the applicability of the teaching model, but also the effectiveness of its application methodology for the training of the teachers and the support of the students for their transition in the workplace. The students felt that they were more informed and better understood the purpose and activities of the various stages of the internship / apprenticeship describing a sense of security that developed as they received adequate support and guidance especially during the preparation phase.
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