The EDU:PACT handbook is combining the expertise of universities and organisations like fairplay, working in the fields of physical education, coaching and intercultural education.
Physical education teachers and coaches are often at the forefront of these diversifying societies, and work with culturally, ethnically, and linguistically heterogeneous groups. Despite this, in the past teachers and coaches have not been well prepared for the task of intercultural education through sport. After nearly three years of work EDU:PACT has taken a significant step towards achieving that goal through the release of the EDU:PACT Handbook.
The EDU:PACT Handbook presents the fundamental thematic and theoretical building blocks for successful intercultural education in sport. As such, its contents can be used flexibly and adapted according to different groups and local needs. The content from the handbook is divided into four distinct units and can be used as the basis for modules or individual courses meant to train physical education teachers or coaches on the different components of intercultural education. A selection of practical activities complements each unit in an interactive and hands-on fashion.
While the EDU:PACT Handbook presents the fundamental thematic and theoretical building blocks for successful intercultural education in sport, the EDU:PACT Interactive Toolkit provides more than that. It is also divided into four units, and contains additional material like review quizzes, videos, infographics and surveys. The extras are meant to help you adapt the content to different groups and local needs. Please note that work is still in progress, we will keep updating information throughout the project runtime.
We would also like to share the Intercultural Sensitivity Survey with you, which is supposed to give an idea about your overall intercultural sensitivity, and support your self-understanding within the context of the EDU:PACT Toolkit.
Check out the Interactive Toolkit here.
The project “Intercultural Education through Physical Activity, Coaching and Training” (EDU:PACT) adresses the intercultural challenges, which most of the countries in Europe are facing nowadays. The project aims to improve quality of pre-service and in-service education by strengthening the professional profile of both sport related teaching professions preparing teachers and coaches for inclusive intercultural education in and through physical education and sport.
Although in most European counties, (physical and sport) educators teach culturally, ethnically and linguistically heterogeneous classes of pupils (or athletes), teachers and coaches have not been well prepared for this task of intercultural education through sport.
Based on a survey on intercultural learning in formal education (pre-service and continuous professional development of physical education teachers and coaching license education) the aims of the EDU:PACT project are:
- Development of teaching and learning guidelines, didactical concepts and study units for initial teacher / trainer (coaches) education and continuous professional development towards an inclusive intercultural behavior.
- This step is followed by a piloting training of expert university staff from all project partner universities in intercultural competence (expert knowledge, methododical competence, personal competence, organisational competence). This training is partly performed by experienced NGOs with comprehensive experience and competence in this area.
- As a next step each of this newly qualifyied teacher-trainer educators will empower between 20-25 (physical educators – and coaches) who implement their appropriated skills and competences in the practical teaching and coaching of children and adolescents with migrant background together with youth from the hosting community (approximately 2000 children and adolescents trained).
- Both teaching staff and pupils/athletes will provide feedback, which will be part of the review and validation process. Guidelines, didactical approaches, study units and modules will be reviewed and adapted, ensuring an optimized outcome.
To find out more about the project, visit https://edupact.eu.
The consortium consists of nine organizations and actors from seven EU countries in the field of sport, PE and health. The partners involved are national and international sport federations and higher educational institutes in the field of sport, PE teacher education and health.
University of Vienna (UNIVIE) – Coordinator, Austria
German Sport University Cologne (DSHS) - Germany
University of Rome, Foro Italico (IUSM) - Italy
University of Southern Denmark (SDU) - Denmark
University of Thessaly (UTH) - Greece
Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and Sport, General Secretariat of Sport - Greece
Right To Play, Germany (RTP) - Germany
Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) - Austria
International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) - UK
Additionally, another strong partner is the European Network of Sport Education (ENSE).
To find out more about the project, visit http://edupact.sporteducation.eu.