CARDET in collaboration with Specchio Magico, Early Years and Agifodent, have been awarded the project “MEET: MEtacognitive Educational Training - Disabilities for Ability”, under the ERASMUS+ KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. The MEET project develops an experimental framework for Early Childhood Education and Care system (ECEC), using the disabilities teaching methods for all the students in the ECEC system. This 2 years’ project develops an innovative methodology, which aims to empower high quality and accessible ECEC services. It also fosters the assessment of transversal skills, for students with ages 3-5. The objectives of the project are the following:
- Build a model of sustainable and transferable intervention, employing metacognitive approaches in early age learning processes.
- Create an innovative curricula to strengthen the system of pre-school teaching/learning. This curricula will provide school staff with some best teaching practices, educational material and general guidelines.
- Implement training seminars, which will provide support to the school staff.
- Create a meta-cognitive intervention model, consisting of the MEET application and Guidelines, which aim to strength skills for lifelong learning in early childhood. The MEET application will be free to download and will mainly target teachers.
In general, the project would like to create an effective and operational tool in order to implement innovative and effective educational practices at local, national and European level. MEET is based on the concept of the “Disabilities for Ability” approach, where experiences and good practices could contribute in enhancing skills and competences in contexts of Special Educational needs. The project also strengthens the pedagogical contexts of teaching/learning; and it enhances skills towards lifelong learning in order to minimise the potential risk factors in schools, focusing mainly on Special Educational needs.
The project’s approach is also concentrated on the promotion of life skills for other approaches towards learning. These skills help children to prepare for the next following school stages and they also serve as prevention tools during their academic and personal development. The MEET project is expected to reach 3 schools/ECEC centres, 60 teachers/education professionals, 90 families and 90 children in total.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project Number: 2016-1-IT02-KA201-024504