European project of analysis and improvement of orientation in primary education

DEP Institut, partner of the European project Widening the Future

School dropout and loss of motivation to learn are problems that require intervention from the first stage of education. To address these issues emerges the Widening the Future project, funded by the European Commission under the Comenius program. This initiative seeks to promote the exchange of experiences and good practices among schools, teachers, tutors, counselors and psychopedagogues; create new knowledge in the field of academic and professional orientation; and identify pedagogical resources for students aimed at preventing disorientation and school failure.

Widening the Future project is structured in a network of European partners in which schools and teachers from Denmark, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and Romania have participated. DEP Institut is one of the project partners, together with Provincia di Siena (project leader), Centro Studi Pluriversum (coordinator), Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Institutul de Ştiinţe ale Educaţiei, Cascaid Ltd. and University College of Capital.

In each of the participating countries, pilot tests have been carried out with the common objective of developing, testing and evaluating actions in Primary students to broaden their horizons and develop their own capacity for self-orientation of students.

Within this project, DEP Institut has been carrying out a pilot test in five Catalan schools using a tool in English, Paws in Jobland *, which combines educational guidance with language learning. Through this tool the students were able to learn about several professions and to discover the connection between the knowledge and skills that they develop in the school with the world of work.

More than 14 teachers, tutors and mentors were directly involved in the activities of the pilot actions, which involved more than 215 students between 7 and 11 years old. These pilot actions were subsequently positively evaluated by students and teachers, who considered them to be an improvement both in the students’ perspective on the jobs and professions available to them and in their English vocabulary.

* Schools interested in incorporating Paws in Jobland can contact DEP Institut.