Title Inclusive Modules - moving young people on
Project Number DE/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/147107
Product Online-Tool INCLUSIVE MODULES
Title Online-Tool INCLUSIVE MODULES
Product Type website
Marketing Text INCLUSIVE MODULES is a web-based tool designed to support the construction, selection and evaluation of modules in vocational education and training for disadvantaged young people. The tool encompasses a common criteria catalogue, based on research in six European countries. It allows a mutual basis in the work with modules and at the same time is flexible enough to be adapted to several cultural and system-specific preconditions. The E-Tool INCLUSIVE MODULES offers support to practitioners working with disadvantaged young people in both educational and social sectors.
Based on an extensive survey phase in all partner countries a common catalogue of criteria was worked out. This catalogue helps with the choice, the creation and the evaluation of modules by taking the relevant dimensions into account:
• integration of the target group,
• situated teaching and learning,
• collaboration between stakeholders,
• assessment and recognition,
• evaluating social competences,
• continuous professionals’ development and
In all dimensions important topics are discussed on three different levels: the system level of the education agents and decision makers, the institutional level of scheme providers in (pre-) vocational education and training and the individual level of the work with the target group.
Particular sections in the tool are completely dedicated to offering guidelines and practical advice to practitioners working with disadvantaged young people in both educational and social sectors. Thus, action-oriented practical guidelines and didactic material for the work with modules are offered. A detailed step-by-step guide provides instructions on how to develop a module, including the following steps:
• Analysing political, economic and societal framework conditions,
• Undertaking context & learner analyses,
• Defining learning objectives & content,
• Planning processes: social architecture & action,
• Selecting, developing and enriching learning materials & environments,
• Evaluating and improving.
Moreover, the tool contains a library of examples of modules from selected European countries.
Target group The target group of the project are young people who are disadvantaged in the labour market, have little occupational perspectives after finishing school and need special support to enter vocational education and training. Although the target group is very heterogeneous, many young people have in common a broken school career – as a rule in combination with school tiredness – and a difficult family and socio-economic background.
The tool has been tested in all partner countries. The testing involved testing out/using and evaluating the tool by practitioners/experts who have an experience in the work with modules (units) and/or disadvantaged young people. The participants provided a very positive feedback of the tool. The main findings of the testing include, as follows:
• The tool could be an extremely useful instrument for a practitioner involved in the work with modules for disadvantaged young people
• The layout of the tool is very good. It’s very attractive: „you are tempted to start using it”. It works really well.
• The structure of the tool is good (that was considered to be the most important feature). The tool is well structured.
• The tool provides a necessary theoretical insight into the topic of modularisation, which is useful.
• The tool is a good practical instrument. The step-by-step guide provides a good practical approach on how to develop or improve modules. The participants really liked the graphic version including animation features of the guide.
• The underlying framework of the tool is really strong. It is quite valuable that there is a theory behind the model (tool).
• The participants liked the idea of a short introduction that included deeper links for those who would like a deeper insight into the topic.
• The tool contains a number of interesting and useful examples of modules from European countries; they appear to be well presented and structured; Examples of good practice from a number of European countries are very useful for practitioners.
Area of application The primary user groups are practitioners who work in the (pre-) professional education with disadvantaged youths on a daily basis: vocational school teachers/pedagogues, master craftsmen/trainers, social workers and social pedagogues. Furthermore, planers and decision-makers in the areas of training, general education and social welfare are referred to as users of the products.