Title Inclusive Modules - moving young people on
Project Number DE/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/147107
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
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.
In the framework of the project "Inclusive Modules - Moving young people on" an E-Tool is being developed, that supports planners and practitioners within the social aid system for disadvantaged persons with their work with modules. In this process common criteria for the development, the employment and evaluation of modules are being compiled for the first time ever and can thus be considered as European quality standards.
Based on an extensive collection 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 relevant dimensions into account: integration of the target group, collaboration between stakeholders, social competences, assessment and recognition of skills, organization, situated teaching and learning, continuous professional’s development as well as reflection and evaluation. In all dimensions important topics are being discussed on three different levels: the system level of the education agents and decision makers, the institutional level of scheme providers in prevocational education and training and the individual level of work with the disadvantaged young people themselves. A didactical step-by-step guide support practitioners in the development of modules and leads them through the different didactical steps. Furthermore, there is a number of examples of modules in the different countries available.
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.
Modules are particularly suitable for the work with disadvantaged people. There are a number of reasons for this: modules lead to visible success in a relatively manageable time; they are certifiable separately; they can be summed up into sets of qualifications and, subsequently, they may lead to a complete qualification; the training can be interrupted and resumed without the loss of already attained achievements. Modules do not only aim at vocational skills, but also at the acquisition of social and personal skills.
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.
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.
The project’s partnership involved a close cooperation within the project team of partners from six European countries: Germany (coordination), Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom. The partners represent a range of private and public training centres and research institutions. All partners developed national partnerships and expert circles in their own countries which were composed of different types of institutions: (1) Agencies and institutions which play a decisive role in the accreditation and certification in vocational education and training; (2) Institutions which develop national standards and design modules or modular concepts; (3) Practice facilities of pre-professional education that work with disadvantaged youths and employ various professional groups; (4) Vocational schools; (5) General secondary schools, teacher associations and networks for school-to-work transition; (6) social partners and chambers of commerce and industry.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
The main product of the project is web-based e-tool INCLUSIVE MODULES. It has been developed to help practitioners with the creation, evaluation and selection of modules in VET, especially in the work with disadvantaged young people. Based on research in six different European countries a catalogue of criteria has been worked out. The e-tool allows common quality criteria for the work with modules and is still flexible enough to be adapted to different cultural and system specific pre-conditions. INCLUSIVE MODULES offers support to practitioners who work with disadvantaged young people in VET as well as in the social sector.
The e-tool is available for download at http://www.inclusivemodules.eu in English, German, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese and Romanian. The contents of the e-tool are also available in form of a handbook: Print versions of the tool have been burnt on a CD-Rom along with five detailed country reports on different topics. The CD-Rom is distributed together with a poster that mirrors the structure of step-by-step-guide in the e-tool.