Title The QPA method: new ways to support and motivate iVET students at particular risk of ESL, including students with migrant or Roma backgrounds
Project Number 2013-1-IT1-LEO05-04004
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The project addressed ESL through an educational pathway based on learning processes in intercultural context. The QPA method is based on the studies and tests carried out by the working group of Prof. K. Polacek, who developed an innovative theory on the fundamental bases of learning processes and created a psycho-educational tool just as innovative (QPA).
The QPA method has identified and developed ways to support and motivate iVET students at particular risk of ESL, including students with migrant or Roma backgrounds, to fulfil their educational potential.
The purpose of the proposal was to transfer the QPA method into the curriculum subjects of the partner schools and, in terms of medium-term impact, to regional and sectoral networks in their countries.
In terms of impact, the project has involved 8 upper secondary schools and VTCs in Italy, 2 in Spain, 1 in France, 1 in Belgium for a total of 500 students, with an indirect involvement of almost 60 teachers and trainers.
The reasons for transferring the contents and results of the QPA were:
- A considerable number of iVET students do not complete their training programme and are at risk of early school leaving (ESL);
- The inadequacy at European level of acceptance in class of students from different cultures and languages, including students with migrant or Roma backgrounds;
- Teachers and trainers are not sufficiently prepared to face the problem of dropouts from iVET, especially in educational and training intercultural contexts.
The aims of the proposed transfer were:
- To reduce the number of dropouts in iVET through the dissemination of the contents and methods used in the original project.
- To develop innovative practices in iVET systems to tackle ESL;
- To enhance the capacity of teachers and trainers to work in intercultural contexts.
The QPA method is based on the studies and tests carried out by the working group of Prof. K. Polacek who developed an innovative theory on the fundamental bases of learning processes and created a psycho-educational tool just as innovative (QPA) which allows worldwide sharing of criteria to assess how learning processes work in relation to students of all nationalities, identifying their resources and the most effective way to strengthen them. The QPA method has identified and developed ways to support and motivate iVET students at particular risk of ESL, including students with migrant or Roma backgrounds, to fulfil their educational potential.
The transfer of the educational pathway included its adaptation to educational and training systems, to various contexts and to the needs and requirements of cultural, linguistic and socio-economic target groups, including the use of ICT.
The Consortium was composed of 12 partners: ISF, Applicant Co-ordinator, 5 Core Partners and 6 Associated Partners. Lazio Regional Education Office of the Italian Ministry of Education supports the project, with the designation as core partner the Lyceum L.B. Alberti. Two associations representing non-state schools participated in the Consortium: FIDAE for Italy; ASSEDIL for Europe and for the Middle East. The Ramon Llull University in Barcelona and the FORTUNE Interuniversity Consortium in Rome were core partners in the project as well.
In terms of impact, the Project involved 8 upper secondary schools and VTCs in Italy, 2 in Spain, 1 in France, 1 in Belgium for a total of 500 students, with an indirect involvement of almost 60 teachers and trainers.
The project aimed to tackle students' problem of drop-outs from initial vocational education and training (iVET), primarily migrant or Roma backgrounds, through the transfer of the QPA method in Italy and abroad, by bringing its contents and tools of application in educational and training systems of partners’ original countries.
The project aimed to:
A. support learners in developing awareness of their own learning processes and iVET teachers in acquiring and using of knowledge and skills to promote a "diagnosis" of the risk of early school leaving, creating the conditions for prompt intervention and effective;
B. facilitate the development of innovative practices in iVET to systematic data collection and data analysis within ESL project to promote a wide dissemination of good practices of tackling;
C. promote a comprehensive tackling strategy that, working on the learning process of each student, was suitable to be generally applied, as it fit in educational standard activity, promoted transversal and, above all, basic skills (learning to learn, social and civic competences, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression). It was intended to combine educational and training systems with the labour market needs, as explained in the Commission's "New Skills for New Jobs" and "An Agenda for new skills and jobs - A European contribution towards full employment", within the new framework document "Moving Youth into Employment" and "Rethinking Education strategy: investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes".
The objectives were framed in 2013 Community strategic priorities which underlying strategy was to reduce early school leaving into iVET. In fact, the project promoted:
- the QPA method to support and motivate iVET students at particular risk of ESL, including those with a migrant or Roma backgrounds, to achieve their educational potential;
- the transfer of learning strategies and methods that help iVET students at risk to retain their motivation and to complete education and training.
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
program or curricula
material for open learning
open and distance learning
Product 1: Network. By its own original constitution, the project depended on the partners' net that supports it. The network was active from the beginning of the project and will continue after the end of the project (EN).
Product 2: Intermediate and final administrative reports (IT).
Product 3: Risk Assessment Table (EN).
Product 4: Adapted contents and training aids of the QPA method (EN - ES - FR - IT).
Product 5: Target group analysis report about restrictions on transfer of the product covered by the proposal (EN).
Product 6: Trainer training session (Rome, Auxerre, Barcelona) (ES - FR - IT).
Product 7: Pilot implementation of the QPA method by a panel of 3 school in the three interested countries: Italy, France and Spain (ES - FR - IT).
Product 8: Validation of the QPA method object of the transfer by the SCC, including SWOT analysis (EN).
Product 9: Transfer of the QPA method to 11 schools and training centers: 7 Italian, 1 Spanish, and 1 French (ES - FR - IT).
Product 10: Portal of the project on which all the information on the evolution of the project, on the activities and on the products, object of the transfer, were easily accessible. The site was available in four languages (EN - ES - FR - IT).
Product 11: Intermediate seminar for the dissemination and exploitation of the products and results of the project (ES - FR - IT).
Product 12: Final seminar for the dissemination and exploitation of the products and results of the project (ES - FR - IT).
Product 13: Publication of the project's results and contents, included were both the description of the methodology and of the products (EN).
Product 14: Kit with the monitoring and assessment tools: questionnaires, assessment grids, etc. (ES - FR - IT)
Product 15: Intermediate monitoring report (October 2014)(EN).
Product 16: Final project assessment report (EN).