Project Meeting - Piran, Slovenia

The fifth ‘Student Voice – the Bridge to Learning’ project meeting was held in Piran on 09-10. May, 2018 with the participation of the five partner countries: Ireland, Hungary, the Netherlands Scotland and Slovenia. The overall aim of the meeting was to discuss the intellectual outputs – the Tools, the CDPs, the Models - of the project. An expert, Louise Hayward from the Glasgow University was also invited to be a ’critical friend’ by giving reflections and feedback connected to the presentations.

Each project partner presented the nationally developed intellectual outputs. The widest group of the intellectual outputs of the project are the tools. These can be instruments, protocols, procedures, materials or even case studies on the implementation of student- centred learning. Three countries (Ireland, Hungary, and Slovenia) presented the “metro line map, to summarize their route in the implementation of student voice activities. In the Irish approach the tools prepared for teacher workshops were put into the foreground, in the Scottish presentation the tools that are parts of an integrated national framework (e.g. SHANARY indicators) were stressed. The colleagues from the Netherlands presented tools that can be useful for teacher reflection (e.g. spider web, educational ladder, bicycle), the Slovenian team presented tools used for classroom observations (e.g. observation protocol, students’ graph, indicators of self-reflection). The Hungarian team presented the tools that were used for their quantitative and qualitative surveys and tools that were planned to use for preparatory workshops (e.g. framework of culture change) or classroom practice (e.g. student-friendly assessment).

The presentation of ideas and plans for CPD courses was a distinct area in the discussion.

The models that were developed and used for the project by the teams of the participating countries were also discussed. In this section of the meeting the Slovenian colleagues presented a worksheet for teachers’ plan, the Dutch team showed the Student-teacher curriculum negotiation model. From the Irish side a negotiated curriculum model was presented, from the Hungarian side the learning outcome approach and levelled tasks.

After the presentations colleagues from the partner countries asked questions and gave feedback to the presenting members.

At the end of the meeting some of the ‘big messages’ of the project and the tasks for the next period were discussed. Among these are the followings:

  • 2018. September: Presentation on the ECER  Conference on the programme by Anna Imre. The title of the presentation: Student Voice the Bridge to Learning, an ERASMUS+ project through Hungarian eyes,
  • 2018. August-September: Student Voice national conferences, in Hungary, in the Netherlands, and in Slovenia,
  • 2018 autumn: Student Voice continuous professional development course for teachers, Hungary
  • 2018 October 9-12: transnational project meeting, Budapest OFI, Hungary
  • 2018. November: teacher conference in Edinburgh