The development of the project is divided mainly in 4 distinct phases. The first phase is related with the development of the methodology based on the specific needs and characteristics of classrooms in relation with their citizenship education initiatives. This phase will include five different parts. In the first part, the partners are going to organise a research with schools in order to identify the most important issues related with citizenship education in Europe. Then, the partners will prepare jointly the draft first part of the methodology consisting of the main principles of the methods and how these can be applied in the classroom. The University of Florence is going to coordinate the part of the methodology related with the dialectical method while the Centre for Higher Education in Theatre Studies is going to coordinate the part related with the theatre techniques. Then, the partners are going to develop the practical part of the methodology consisting of teaching and educational scenarios for specific issues and subjects relevant for specific local contexts but also for wider national and European contexts. On the basis of the synopses and the draft methodology, in the framework of the 2nd transnational meeting, the partners will discuss the adaptations that are needed in the methods in order to serve better the needs of the target groups. Following this meeting, the 3rd part of the first phase begins which is the part of the adaptations. Partners on the basis of the internal discussions during the meeting but also on the basis of their consultations with stakeholders are going to propose adaptations on the draft methodology. After the finalization of the adaptations, the 4th part is related with the development of a guidance book for teachers (finalized methodology). The book will be developed in English and, after its finalization, translated in Greek, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian during the 5th part of the first phase. The guidance book will be available both in electronic format and in printed format.
The second phase is related with the training of trainers. The training of trainers is going to be organised in a blended format using both face to face and e-learning. The face to face training is going to be organised in the framework of the 3rd transnational meeting of the project in Bristol and will last 3 days. Totally 11 trainers are going to participate as trainees from Greece, Spain, UK, Portugal and Italy. These trainers after the completion of the face to face training course, are going to follow an e-learning course in order to complete the development of their skills. An e-learning platform is going to be specifically adapted in order to meet the needs of the target group and training material is going to be developed and uploaded on the e-learning platform.
The third phase is related with the training of teachers. This phase is going to be organised face to face in local and regional level as well as online in national and European level by the trainers that have participated in a training of trainers sessions. Guidelines are going to be provided to these trainers who are going to train teachers through specialised workshops in local and national level. The training of teachers face to face is going to be made through workshops which are again going to last for two full days. It is envisaged that a total of 250 teachers are going to be trained in the framework of the face to face workshops while another 250 teachers coming from different parts of the partner countries as well as from other EU countries, are going to be involved through the use of e-learning.
The fourth phase is going to be the phase of the practical implementation of the methodology based on the dialectical method inside the classroom. The trained teachers will, within the framework of the training seminars organised in the previous phase and as a precondition in order to get their certification, apply in practice the techniques they have learned in the classroom and document their application with a report and related evidences. The partners are going to monitor the implementation of the method in school and provide support wherever this is needed. The application of the method from 500 teachers to classrooms comprised of at least 15 students will mean that the project will benefit at least 6.000 students all over Europe. If the teachers implement and document adequately their implementation, they will receive their certification.