In the last months, the EUMOSCHOOL partnership managed to finalize the research connected to the first Intellectual Output: the Comparative Research. This research has been divided in 2 different phases:
- a desk research on the educational context & system (using Education & Training Strategy 2020 benchmarks, Europe 2020 stocktacking exercises, international literature references, good practices of emotional education in school etc.);
- a primary research on schools & teachers’ needs regarding prevention of ESL & emotional education.
The development of this research had two main purposes:
- generate knowledge on how emotional education is spread among schools & educational institutions in countries involved by the project (in this case, Italy, Austria, Romania, Hungary & Turkey).
- provide useful information to partners on their countries education policies in order to adapt nationally the next steps of the project to each context.
The research has been developed in different phases: firstly, it has been mainly focused on the international level in order to have a clear understanding of the main concepts at the basis of the topics of the project (Emotional Education, Emotional Intelligence and related skills, Early School Leaving etc.). Then, how these concepts are accepted/adapted/assimilated at national level and if there are good practices or studies in each country concerning not only emotional education and Early School Leaving, but also regarding how much emotional wellbeing can contribute to a better school performance. Finally, the primary research focused on need analysis at national level gave really good results: in total, 503 teachers from 5 countries have been reached by an online questionnaire, while 50 professionals in the field of education were interviewed, in order to identify the main needs of the professionals working on the field. The general result gives the EUMOSCHOOL partnership a clear image of the needs of the teachers and those ones of education professionals in each country: a common need expressed by the interviewed target is to have some training in emotional education and a holistic intervention to prevent the ESL phenomenon, by involving in an active way schools & families in order to guarantee a strong impact on students.
The research will be available in each language of the consortium (English, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian, Romanian, German).
The data collected will be useful to integrate the information on the Moodle Platform of the project, which hosts the online course in Didactics of Emotions, which will give a start to the Pilot I with teachers in each country.