Tuesday, 4 December 2012

DETVET got the Highest Quality Award!

DETVET project was last week given the Highest Quality Award in the category of Leonardo da Vinci projects in 2009 - 2011 by the EU Lifelong Learning Lithuanian National Agency.

In her message to the project partners Loreta Staškūnienė, coordinator of DETVET wrote: "This award gives a lot of inspiration and stimuli for the new challenges, new applications, new cooperation."

All project partners happily and totally agree!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

What did we do during the project?

Happy DETVET delegates in Olomouc.
Loreta Staškūnienė on left

The purpose of the project – to form an international sustainable partnership in order to improve VET teachers’ competencies in education techniques – was fully reached and the results gained both at national and international levels. There were six meetings organized, each of them having it’s clear objective and outcomes defined. Before and between the meetings the work was done mostly in the national teams: dissemination, discussions, survey, validation of the chosen technique within local VET teachers, preparation the material for publishing, reporting, etc. At the international level there were carried out such activities as: exchange of methods and state of art analysis, blog design and development, creation and implementation of the investigation tools, announcing of the investigation results and recommendations, etc.
Every participating institution picked the most relevant theme for the teachers’ educational needs in approach (technique) and discussed it with teachers and students in local education environment. The pivotal outcome of the common share is mutual trust and appreciation in the partnership, the brought together competences, contribution of all partner countries disseminated at the European level.

What have we got from the partnership?
After the surveys were made in all countries, there was the clearly defined picture that our teachers need to gain more skills in use of social media, ICT tools, coaching as a method and education in entrepreneurship and innovation. It is well seen in each partners’ Conclusion chapter - different education cultures in countries and different types of institutions suggest different solutions for teachers’ qualification improvement. However, all the partners agree that they have gained from the partnership a lot of experience and know-how that encourages them to meet new challenges and promote institutional development. There are some general outcomes that partners have concluded:

  1. Much more attention should be given to the shifting paradigm. The Finnish partner (as well as other partners) raises a question of the educational use of social media – the change of culture of teaching. The education phenomena should be released from the closed classrooms and better applied to the workplaces, other surrounding environment; and teachers are supposed to be well prepared for that challenge. 
  2. Higher vocational education and training must be developed, and be maintained more in cooperation with companies and working life. 
  3. Not only pedagogic development is needed but also development of networks (working in teams, coached by a professional trainer) in order to gain efficiency in education and training. 

Without the international partnership there wouldn’t be such an effective outcome achieved –new ideas and well applied practice under different circumstances ¬– that brought a lot of creativity and new know-how into our institutions.

Having the chance, I would like to thank all the partners that they were really dedicated to the DETVET project and we – all together – have had great time!!!

Loreta Staškūnienė
The author is the Project Manager of the DETVET Project

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Read the DETVET book

What is the book about?

DETVET METHODOLOGY FRAMEWORK is a place where the DETVET (Development of Educational Techniques for Vocational Education and Training) project partners have decided to summarize all the experience and findings from the project. They consist of the parts represented by the six participating countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania and Sweden that are laid by the alphabetical order.

Each country has summarized their project activities and ideas in four articles that show to what extent the partners have approached the project aims. The themes of the articles are:

  • VET system in a country,
  • The educational technique (approach, method) brought into the partnership by each country,
  • Results from the survey received by the questionnaire (the questionnaire – in Annex 1),
  • Conclusions.

Download the book (Adobe Reader 2MB)

Loreta Staškūnienė

Friday, 27 May 2011

Last DETVET meeting in Tampere

You can find a similar family photo on the first port of this blog:
It was from the first meeting in Klaipeda 1½ years ago.

 The last DETVET-project meeting took place in Tampere yesterday and today. We have been busy making the last decisions and preparing the project book and final report.

 The meeting took place in the old Cotton mill Finlayson, the home of TAMK Art and Media programmes.

DETVET participants and the biggest steam engine in Noric countries

We also made a Finlayson tour which introduced the Textile Museum and the Steam Engine Museum.

The roof topgarden of Art and Media
We will be soon back with a more detailed report of the meeting and project results.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

DETVET at TAMK Learning Environment Conference

DETVET-project was present at the New Learning Environments Conference on February 10th at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK).

The conference with 700 participants was composed of a plenary and parallel sessions, demonstrations and workshops dealing with new solutions and environments of education and learning with the internet generation.

DETVET-project board member Cai Melakoski introduced in his presentation "Blogs and Wikis as learning platforms" materials produced by the TAMK team of the DETVET project.

Friday, 28 January 2011

DETVET Olomouc

DETVET partners discuss their experiences of the project in Olomouc, Czech Republic.