Event 2 - Netherlands
The aim of the multiplier event E2 was to validate with different stakeholders (teachers, school managers, administrative staff as policy makers and policy mediators) outcomes from activity 1.1 and Intellectual outcome O1, i.e. “Policy envisions and requirements for STEM teachers competence development in Greece, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Spain”, focused on the situation in the Netherlands, determine the priorities for developing learning scenario’s for teacher workplace learning and the focus of the planned intervention.
The expected outcome of the multiplier event activity was an overview of objectives for the organization and implementation of teachers’ professional development that can be realized as e-inquiries. Results was mapped against the key issues as identified in the desk study (intellectual outcome O1) and formulated in the updated Key messages document (reported in IO3).
Two methodologies were used to realize the expected outcome, i.e., to determine priorities for developing learning scenario’s for teacher workplace learning and select the ones that can be realized within the Elite project. namely: the EASW methodology and Group Concept Mapping methodology. It was chosen to combine two methodologies in order to maximize the outcomes and benefit from the strengths of both in determining the objectives of future Elite learning activities. The EASW methodology is used by all Elite partners, its use ensures comparability of outcomes. Adding GCM online component was aimed at ensuring validity and reliability of outcomes of the multiplier event.
The Dutch multiplier event E2 took place on October 5, 2017, as an integral part of a regional large-scale learning event, the so called Teacher Festival. Three regional school boards uniting all secondary schools of the Dutch region South Limburg joined forces to organize a professional day long learning activity for all teachers of secondary schools in the region. 96 participants participated in the Raising issues session; 99 participants participated in Needs Analysis and Negotiation and Structuring solutions session and 24 participants participated in the Demonstrating Possible Solutions session. The main outcomes from the ELITe project perspectives relate to the thematic, methodology and forms of STEM teachers’ training (reported in IO3).
The evaluation of the event shows a high level of quality and productivity. A new professional network was build between different stakeholders, based on constructive communication and understanding of each group’s role and responsibility. The outcomes are very useful in accordance to the next phase of the ELITe project – development of teachers’ training scenarios and e-learning content. They can also contribute to improvement of the teachers’ training practices at national level. The evaluation questionnaire shows that participants were very satisfied by the organization, quality, and outcoemes.