Title IMPAECT - Intercultural educations by Means of PArtners working with ECvet Transfer
Project Number DE/10/LLP-LdV/TOI/147303
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The IMPAECT project threw a spotlight onto a hidden field of the vocational education, the one of childcare and day-care centres. It dealt with demands of work placements concerning intercultural education in early childhood. The main goal of IMPAECT was to implement ECVET principles in the education of future kindergarten staff and the transfer of innovation from Finland and Germany to the Netherlands, Sweden and Turkey/Cyprus. Therefore relevant bodies from kindergartens, communes, vocational institutes, universities and ministries worked together from October 2010 until September 2012.
Summary The project was a reaction to the European demand, to establish the Copenhagen process and to improve the quality of early childhood education (ECE) as well as intercultural competencies of teachers, trainers and students. Its issue was to implement the ECVET principles in vocational education and supply on the job training for relevant target groups. IMPAECT aimed for the implementation of the ECVET principles in the field of ECE, to assess and recognise learning outcome and to increase mobility of staff in ECE. Major goals were to transfer innovation from the projects ‘FINECVET’ and ‘EVOC’ and an ongoing development of prior results such as a learning unit according to the ECVET principles and a train the trainer course for teachers and tutors. Therefore one topic of intercultural education from EVOC was to be focused on. By this a sustainable change towards outcome orientated learning within the field of ECE in vocational education was to be aimed for. The partner consortium consisted of 15 partners from five countries (DE, FI, NL, SE, TR) and spread its network from the North to the South of the European Community. Partners were vocational institutes, day-care-centres, employers, colleges, universities and ministry institutes. Munich University as an experienced partner was in charge of the international coordination. All partners were highly motivated, had international experience, excellent expertise and also participated in national and international networks. Jyväskyla University as the research institute was the partner to evaluate the project as an independent actor. In addition, consulting groups were implemented by all national coordinators to ensure high quality. As a result a handbook was published and disseminated and EURO-pass was the tool to assess and recognise learning outcomes. The impact of the project was expected both on EU and national levels such as an increase of mobility, teachers and tutors to be trained for ECVET-principles, learning outcomes to be assessed and recognised plus ECVET-principles to be implemented in vocational institutes.
From 2010-2012 a curriculum - based on the ECVET-Principles for Vocational Education of ECE - was developed. This curriculum was transferred to the network.
There were 7 work packages in the project. They were carried out through cooperation with the partners.
- WP 1 and 2: Administration and international co-operation
- WP 3: ECVET unit
- WP 4: Train the trainer course
- WP 5: Students mobility
- WP 6: Quality management
- WP 7: Valorisation and dissemination
There were five international meetings. In between, several video conferences were organized.
At the first meeting in Helsinki (FI) in November 2010 the cooperation with the partners started with writing the Memorandum of Understanding. Afterwards the partners developed the unit ‘Intercultural Pedagogic & ECVET’ (WP 3). The concrete topics were based on the observations and experiences of kindergarten teachers and practical nurses. Those national contributions gave four different fields of professional acting: the society, the educational institution, the family and the child, which were also four topics of the curriculum. During the international meeting in February 2011 in Venlo (NL) the four core elements were formulated in form of ECVET- principles. This unit was finished in May 2011. In practice the unit was adaptable to national and local demands. Every country in collaboration with the partner institutions could choose where to set the focus on the four topics.
The next step was that the partners planned the ‘Train the trainers course’ (WP 4) as well as ‘Students’ mobility’ (WP 5). Simultaneously the partners developed the assessment of learning outcomes. The assessment setting was defined very clearly so that the learning outcomes would be accepted as well as transferable to the students’ home institutions. This was finished during the international meeting in Gothenburg in November 2011. The students participated in Leonardo-Mobility in spring 2012.
The University of Jyväskylä carried out the external evaluation of the project.
Recognition, transparency, certification
ECVET partnership (involvement of competent bodies)
Documentation of learning outcomes
Other ECVET-related products
Assessment of learning outcomes
Allocation of points
Analysing and writing learning outcomes
Units of learning outcomes
program or curricula
transparency and certification
IMPAECT provides the following products:
- Memorandum of Understanding
- ECVET Unit
- Teachers Training Course
- Testing and Piloting of the Unit by
- evaluation of the process and products
- final handbook for the field