ACADEMICS AND SCHOOL TEACHERS: COOPERATION THROUGH A EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT: “BRIDGING LANGUAGES AND MEMORIES TO FOSTER MULTIPLE IDENTITIES”
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academics and teachers, multiples identities, bottom-up, European project
The aim of our presentation is to show how the European Educational Project entitled Bridging languages and memories to foster multiple identities: "Never leave your backpack behind!” is being developed through bottom-up approach giving voice to all partners. More specifically, we focus on the ways the participants gave meaning to the theoretical principles that supported the Project (Multiple Identities) and developed them in their classrooms. Our presentation will be based on the diverse educational processes the participant-teachers developed, as they emerge from: a) students’ artefacts produced during the Project and b) teachers’ representations reflected on their interviews. Specifically, we will present four cases from four different contexts of Greece. The differences refer to students’ population, the socio-economic status they come from, the percentages of immigrant students per school and the teachers’ identity. The collected data are analysed through qualitative methods on the following categories: a) teachers’ perceptions of students’ multiple identities, b) their attitudes towards the way the Project has been developed, c) the educational processes developed in the framework of multiple identities, and d) difficulties and limitations to their effort. Finally, the first results of this on-going case-study will be presented, highlighting the various perspectives a European Project can open for the participants when it has a bottom-up orientation.