The 3-year project Pathway+ (01.09.2017 – 31.08.2020) aims to substantially contribute to the uptake and implementation of inclusive education by providing teachers and teacher educators with a toolset to support the assessment of each child as part of a holistic approach towards inclusive education, thereby being provided with guidance on which pedagogical approaches are most suitable for a child. The measurements take place using a mobile tablet device on which the children play a game, of engagement and attention in a non-intrusive manner, and using a game-based fun approach. This offers teachers support in the challenge to teach in inclusive education classrooms and will strengthen the teaching profile of teachers.
The ratification of UNCRPD has had a drastic impact on how teachers need to act in inclusive education. Considering that most of these teachers did not receive any additional training on how to cope or support children with disabilities, Pathway+ offers a handy tool to be used with children with mild/moderate learning disabilities to assess attention and engagement over a period of time, and adjust their interventions accordingly.
Teachers mainly learn and develop their practice as a result of input from significant key people in their immediate environment: the head teacher, colleagues and professionals in or around the school. These are the professionals who are therefore considered to be the main target groups for this project.
The main task of this project is to provide key people with knowledge about pedagogical strategies for handling differences in the classroom and school and to inform them about the conditions necessary for the successful implementation of these strategies, supported by Pathway+. The project will therefore answer key issues concerning inclusive education. In the first instance, an understanding of what works within inclusive settings and a deeper understanding of how inclusive education works will be defined. Secondly, it is important to know how and why these approaches work (the conditions for implementation). This will be addressed in the training handbook for teacher educators and the manual for teachers who will both use Pathway+ outcomes.
The project focuses on supporting and suggesting appropriate pedagogical approaches, and on observed competences. This is in line with the positive psychology approach supported and embraced by all partners involved, and also is aligned with the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).
As mentioned above, Pathway+ addresses at its very core inclusive education, thus affecting and supporting every teacher in the European countries that ratified the UNCRPD, as well as beyond.
Following project outcomes will be created:
- IO1 Descriptive map of effective pedagogical approaches
- IO2 5 mobile games to support effective pedagogical approaches selection
- IO3 Mobile pedagogical attention/engagement measurement App
- IO4 Handbook for teacher educators on usage descriptive map of effective pedagogical approaches
- IO5 Manual for teachers on using the mobile pedagogical attention/engagement measurement App
- E1: Multiplier event in Brussels, Belgium
- Pilots in Nottingham (UK), Ieper (BE), Plovdiv (BG), Istanbul (TR)