Title Golden Goal Plus-Integrating Sport Activities with Basic Skills & Communication Training
Project Number DE/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/147160
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Golden Goal Plus is a LEONARDO DA VINCI –Transfer of Innovation project which aimed to enable young disadvantaged adults with particular "education resistance" to score their "Golden Goal" by improving their literacy and numeracy skills, and to promote their social and cultural integration into society especially in Germany, Poland and Portugal. This is achieved by providing approved learning contents and training materials to VET teachers and trainers that show how to integrate sport activities into Basic Skills & Communication Trainings.
In the past years, the issue of “basic skills” has gained particular attention in most European countries. Of particular concern are what is generally called ‘functional literacy’ and ‘functional numeracy’ defined as “the ability to read, write and speak in the respective language and to use mathematics at a level necessary to function at work and in society in general”. In order to achieve this it is necessary to enable young disadvantaged adults with particular “education resistance” to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, and to promote their social and cultural integration into society
The main aims and objectives were:
•to transfer, adapt and validate guidelines, curriculum as well as exercises and training materials necessary to introduce the concept of “Golden Goal” (= basic and social skills training concepts in combination with sporting activities) in Germany, Portugal and Poland.
•to modify these contents by taking into account not only linguistic aspects, but also sociological and cultural aspects in the three target countries
•to adapt the materials by adding didactic guidelines for VET teachers and trainers how to introduce these materials within the framework of existing teaching schemes, with relation to the specific demands and needs of individual users and to the specific learning cultures of the above mentioned countries and to the requirements of vocational training providers.
Within the framework of the project the partnership conducted the following activities:
•transfer, adaptation and validation of curriculum as well as exercises and training materials necessary to introduce the concept in German, Polish and Portuguese language
•modification of these contents by taking into account not only linguistic aspects, but also sociological and cultural aspects in the three target countries
•adaptation of the materials by adding didactic guidelines for VET teachers and trainers how to introduce these materials within the framework of existing teaching schemes, with relation to the specific demand and need of individual users and to the specific learning cultures of the above mentioned countries and to the requirements of vocational training providers
•production, for each target country, an implementation concept how to put these materials into the learning practice, i.e. raising the interest of educational policy makers and labour offices.
"Traditional" training measures very often do not match the interests and capacities of low-skilled and disadvantaged people. They ignore the special needs of poorly qualified adults.
The Golden Goal Plus project aimed at empowering young disadvantaged learners with improved literacy, numeracy and language skills, as well as with different social and communication skills. Focusing on the specific requirements arising from their environment, the innovative approach of the Golden Goal Plus model matches the use of the sporting interests of young disadvantaged learners with the use of sports as an underlying pedagogical method. The potential of integrating sports activities into basic skills education in education activities has a three level impact:
1) The interest of learners can be increased by integrating sports activities into learning since sports activities attract the target group. The field of sports and physical movement serves to create impulses for a motivation to learn since this area of life has not usually been experienced negatively. Furthermore it provides a multifaceted field for basic social skills education such as team building, conflict management, strategy development, complying with rules etc. Sporting activities also provide an opportunity for relaxation and recreation.
2) Sport contents match the interests of the target group. The integration of appropriate content into basic skills courses therefore encourages their motivation to improve their ability to read, write and speak in and to use mathematics and ICT tools at a level necessary to understand and function in these fields of interest.
3) Sports environments provide the students with a learning environment that is not associated with their negative school experience, fear of continuing failure and discrimination. They “don’t smell like school”. Sports environments are viewed in a positive way as they are associated with a feeling of respect, trust, and partnership. They are therefore likely to raise interest and activity.
The both main product curriculum and toolbox are based on Lisbon Key Competences: communication in mother tongue language, communication in foreign language, mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology, digital competence, learning to learn and Interpersonal, intercultural and social competences and civic competence.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
During two years of project Golden Goal Plus the partnership conducted the following activities:
- a detailed analysis of the current basic skills policy and basic skills education in the target countries: Portugal, Poland and Germany. The reports were prepared on the basis of questionnaires and desktop researches. The results of the reports were important input to the future products of the project “transferred concept of curriculum and toolbox”, thanks to that, the products could be tailored to the needs and requirements of the target groups in those target countries.
The second step of the project was identification of changes required to the existing content and learning materials as well as cultural, linguistic requirements. The activities focused on development of localised content. The project activities were conducted in tandem teams consisted of sending and target country. Each target country prepared exhaustive list of changes and adaptations for both products: curriculum and toolbox. The developed products: curriculum and toolbox are designed especially for VET providers and stakeholders in education policy. teachers and trainers working in VET can be sensitized how sport activities can be introduced into basic skills training. The stakeholders obtain inputs how hard – to – reach target groups can be motivated to participate in education activities and are in position to promote such concepts.
Beneficiaries of the developed products are persons participating in adult basic skills education, young drop-outs, and learners with migration background, specified according to the situation of the target partners.
The products include theoretical background and case studies adapted to the 3 target countries; complementary product is a toolbox, which includes exercises corresponding to the modular structure of the curriculum.
Additionally to adaptation of content and learning materials, target countries produced implementation concept how to put adapted learning materials into the mainstreaming learning practice in Portugal, Poland and Germany.