Global Learning for Sense of Belonging
The GloBe (2021 – 2023) brings together the notions of pedagogical and shared leadership, co-teaching, Global Citizenship Education, as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a unique way.
The GloBe, Global Learning for Sense of Belonging, is targeted at educational leaders and teachers, who are in a key position in enhancing sustainable future skills through the notion of agency in their own institutions. It is an international collaboration project carried out by civil society organisations and higher education institutes in Finland, Portugal, and Romania. The underlying idea behind Globe is to advance human well-being and social inclusion within and beyond school environments by enriching one’s sense of belonging.
The objectives of the GloBe are:
to deepen and broaden the scope of day-to-day work of school principals towards pedagogical and shared leadership
to enhance teachers’ shared and co-teaching professional capabilities to cross disciplinary and grade-level boundaries in schools, and
to introduce new “sustainable future” learning modules to actively engage students.
Building understanding in the interdependent world
The GloBe encourages to cross grade-level and disciplinary boundaries. It builds understanding about the broad and complex themes of educational equality and equity, human rights, active citizenship, environmental issues, and sustainable consumption that manifest differently, and yet similarly, globally and locally. It advances policy – research – practice dialogue by bridging policy stakeholders at the international, national, and municipal level, researchers and specialists on educational leadership and Global Citizenship Education, civil society organisations, and moreover, leaders and principals, teachers, and pupils at schools
The Pedagogical Process
At the heart of the GloBe is a pedagogical process, that comprises five steps. The first and the last training are residential international seminars, whereas the second and fourth take place in local schools in each three partner countries. The third training is a webinar.
GloBe comprises two groups of professionals. For both groups, we will select one leader/principal and two teachers from three schools from three countries. In total, we will train 54 professionals to support each other nationally and internationally.
The first group will begin in February 2022 and complete in June 2022.
The second group will begin in June 2022 and complete in January 2023.
The participants of the previous groups will act as mentors for the “newcomers”.
In Search of Inspirational Ideas
Three-day seminar comprising of lectures and participatory group exercises.
Pedagogical and Shared Leadership.
Global Citizenship Education and Ethical Globe Issues Pedagogy.
Agenda 2030 and SDG’s.
Includes brief Pre-assignment (Introductory reading and short reflection). The pre-assignment is the foundation for Professional Portfolio (5ECTS) developed during the learning process. Initiates data collection process for the project researchers to examine participants professional growth and test theory of change.
The step also initiates data collection process for the project researchers to examine participants professional growth and test theory of change.
Taking Ideas Into Schools
This step takes the core topics introduced and discussed in the step 1 into participants’ schools. The aim is to engage the whole-school community to vision co-creatively how to bring to life global education and the selected SDG’s. This step is facilitated by the national project teams. As a result
- the schools will have an idea about their practical doing
- the pupils will initiate their reflective portfolios
- the principals and teachers will produce reflective learning diaries about pedagogical and participatory processes
The step will also produce data for the project researchers to examine implementation of whole-school approach.
Testing and Piloting New Ideas
This is a webinar aiming at sharing ideas that were developed in schools in three countries. The peer-support will enable the participants to get new insights to reflect their every-day work and professional identities from the perspective of pedagogical and shared leadership, but also through the lenses of global education and sustainable future working and learning environment.
The step 3 will produce data, country cases, for the project researchers to examine pedagogical processes and global education.
The Thematic Day
Step 4 is all about implementation and therefore, essential for the pedagogical process and project as a whole! It makes use of the global education and participatory approaches that were introduced in step 1, further developed in step 2, and reviewed in and revised after step 3. It gives evidence for the participants about their professional capabilities around the core themes of the GloBe. Participants and schools/pupils will document and produce reflections about implementation in different audio-visual formats.
The data from three countries and and local contexts will feed into testing of Theory of Change.
Sharing and Reflecting Ideas
Reflective closure of five-phase learning process comprising of pre-assignment and three-day international seminar.
The pre-assignment is about finalising participants’ professional portfolios.
The seminar comprises of reflection, participants’ presentations, group discussions, facilitated exercises, lectures and feedback from project experts.
The seminar is also the time for the second group to start their five-phase pedagogical process and a kick-off for mentoring processes.
Partners in Finland
Mari-Anne Okkolin, Elina Lauttamäki, Riikka Jalonen, Heli Pekkonen
The Peace Education Institute (RKI) is the main project coordinating organisation and we will ensure the smooth running of the project. We have extensive expertise on the core themes of the project and long experience in teacher training and working towards a more peaceful society through educational activities. In addition to coordinating responsibilities, we will contribute substantively to all activities and outcomes of the GloBe.
University of Oulu (UOULU)
UOULU contributes to GloBe with research findings on global education and learning, drawing on research both in Finland and internationally. UOULU’s students who have courses in global education organize international learning events to which the collaboration partners are invited. As interns, students assist the project partners and carry out studies related to the main themes.
University of Jyväskylä (JYU)
The University of Jyväskylä (JYU) and the Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) will bring into GloBe its unique experience on research and development work in education leadership and collaborative teacher learning in Finland and internationally. Currently, IEL works, for instance, to establish a national model for qualifying, induction and in-service education in educational leadership. In addition, GloBe will benefit from IEL’s peer-mentoring network.
Partners in Portugal
La Salete Coelho
Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC)
We are the coordination team of the GloBe in the Higher School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, a lovely city in the North of Portugal. We bring to this project the experience of working with future teachers, teachers and schools in finding ways for educational approaches that develop a sense of Global Citizenship, participative and engaged with the social change that leads us to a fairer and sustainable world!
Fundação Gonçalo da Silveira (FGS)
FGS contributes to the GloBe project from its consolidated experience in working in collaboration with schools and educators in Global Citizenship and Development Education processes. As a Civil Society Organization, we bring also experience in building collective knowledge for the well-being and common good, with different types of organization and people, including academia.
Partners in Romania
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza Din Iași (UAIC)
UAIC is the oldest higher education institution in Romania. It enjoys high prestige at national and international level and cooperates with number of university networks and associations. UAIC team will bring into GloBe project management experience and expertise particularly in the fields of psychological councelling and educational leadership.
Peace Action, Training & Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)
PATRIR believes deeply in the value and importance of global education in the classroom. As an Institute we will bring our experience from working in education globally, advancing peace education in schools, and working with ‘Round Tables’ here in Cluj where we bring together schools, the school inspectorate, civil society organisations and more, working together to advance and improve the quality of education for all our children.
The project is funded by Erasmus+