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whl5 European University-Cyprus  (formerly Cyprus College) (Cyprus)
whl5 Università di Torino, Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Educazione e della Formazione (Italy)
whl5 International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) (Netherlands)
whl5 Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων – Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης – Εργαστήριο Μελετών Απόδημου Ελληνισμού & Διαπολιτισμικής Εκπαίδευσης (Greece)
whl4 Universität Wien, Institut für Bildungswissenschaft (Austria)
whl3 Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Facultatea de Psihologie şi Ştiinţe ale Educaţie (Romania)
whl2 University of Sunderland, School of Education and Lifelong Learning (1.12.2007-30.11.2008) (United Kingdom)
  Roehampton University (1.12.2008 – 30.11.2009).
whl1 Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa V Nitre (Slovakia)

European University-Cyprus  (formerly Cyprus College) (Cyprus)

www.euc..ac.cy

European University-Cyprus (formerly Cyprus College) is the first private higher educational institution to be established in Cyprus.  It offers a wide range of academic programmes both in undergraduate and postgraduate studies and operates a number of research centres and units. The Department of Education Sciences, involved as a partner to this project, offers initial training programmes for pre-primary and primary school teachers, and postgraduate studies for teachers of all school levels. It also offers in-service training programmes on a broad range of educational topics in training centres across the country. The Department’s academic staff has a long experience in the field of educational and social research and has worked on research projects which engaged parents and the community in intercultural education programmes, as well as curricular interventions in the European dimension of education. The Research Center of European University-Cyprus, which will provide the research infrastructure and administrative and financial support to the project, is involved in research projects funded by national and international research institutions and the European Commission.  It is the representative of Cyprus in the International Social Survey Program (ISSP); it has been appointed by the International Bank as the official administrator of their publications on Cyprus, and it is the national coordinator of the European Social Survey. European University-Cyprus will coordinate this project through establishing a robust and proven management structure, in terms of a comprehensive project management plan by implementing clear reporting procedures to ensure an efficient project and cost control.  The European University-Cyprus management of the project will rest on three principles: effective management structure to allow quick decisions; simple mechanisms to efficiently resolve problems and potential conflicts; and clear responsibilities for self-contained subsets to minimise overall risks. European University-Cyprus will also coordinate the three partner meetings (December  2007, September 2008 and the last meeting in Italy 2009), to discuss the progress of the project and accordingly prepare new plans and /or take corrective actions. In addition, European University-Cyprus will be responsible for the promotion and dissemination of the project through management of a project Web Page, production of a leaflet advertising the project, publishing a handbook disseminating the material produced, as well as further promoting the project to organisations dealing with inclusive and intercultural education.  European University-Cyprus will also participate in all activities of the project, including the needs assessment, the design and development of modules and materials of a teacher in-service training curriculum, and the implementation of teacher training and interventions at the local level.

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Università di Torino, Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Educazione e della Formazione

www.unito.it

The School of Education at the University of Turin has an enrolment of over 6000 students. The degrees offered are in teacher education (preparing teachers for kindergarten and primary school); out of school education (preparing educational experts for intercultural education, adult education, special education, etc., projects and institutions); professional education (preparing educational experts to work in vocational training, educational project construction, and work counselling); at distance education; arts, music, the performing arts, media and museums.

The University of Turin (UNITO) will be the lead partner for the needs assessment, monitoring both data collection -through quantitative and qualitative research tools- and data analyses among partners.  Because of the extensive experience gained by the Turin team members in research in the area, attention will be paid to differences among Roma populations in the consortium countries and differences in defining and coping with the schooling process both on the part of Roma families and teachers teaching Roma pupils. The UNITO will also be the lead partner in the preparation of the teacher training curriculum, coordinating the communication among the partners towards developing and finalizing this product. UNITO will also participate in all activities of the project, including, among others, a needs assessment, modules of a training curriculum and implementation of teacher training and interventions at the local level.

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International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) (Netherlands)

www.iaie.org

The IAIE brings together professional educators interested in diversity and equity issues in education. These concepts are defined quite broadly, and include intercultural education, multi-cultural education, anti-racist education, human rights education, conflict-resolution, multi-lingualism issues, etc. The main aims of the IAIE are: (1) To examine the implications of the societal contexts of education and the relationship between society, nation state and the international contexts and the situation of individuals, groups and minorities within them; (2)To contribute to the development and implementation of intercultural education and issues of education in multicultural societies; (3) To promote the exchange of information, knowledge and materials about all relevant issues concerning education in multicultural societies amongst teachers, teacher trainers, and professionals working in curriculum development, research and educational policy.
The International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) will be the lead partner for the implementation of teacher in-service training, coordinating teacher training seminars that will take place for primary and secondary school teachers (and possibly school psychologists and other teaching personnel, if applicable) of the target schools (and possibly of a few others) in all the partner countries. The IAIE will also design the instruments and online community- through which participants in different partner countries will participate in discussions and share experiences- for the implementation of teacher interventions.  The IAIE will be responsible for the overall evaluation of the teacher training as well as the implementation of the interventions at schools, using its network of professional project evaluators. The overall evaluation will take place by two persons from the IAIE: one person who is involved in the project and one who is not involved in the project except for the evaluation component. The evaluation of the training modules will take place through distribution of research tools for evaluation to training participants and teachers through the partner institutions (who will translate the instruments and distribute the questionnaires). The IAIE will also be responsible for the development of a Web Page, for the dissemination of project outcomes and results.  

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Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων – Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης – Εργαστήριο Μελετών Απόδημου Ελληνισμού & Διαπολιτισμικής Εκπαίδευσης (Greece)

www.primary.edu.uoi.gr/index.htm

The Pedagogical Department of Elementary Education is a part of the University of Ioannina. It is situated in Ioannina, North-West of Greece.  The learning population is under-graduate and post-graduate students (age 18+) who will become teachers or they already work as teachers. Graduates can work as teachers within the national educational system of the country. The Department is very experienced in intercultural education. The Institution was responsible for a number of years for a project (EPEAEK), concerning the integration and education of Roma in Greece, which was financed by EU and the Greek Ministry of Education. The institution has been involved in a number of SOCRATES Comenius and other European Programmes.

The University of Ioannina will participate in all activities of the project, including, among others, a needs assessment, modules of a training curriculum and implementation of teacher training and interventions at the local level. Through its unit called the Laboratory of Studies of Emigrant Hellenism and Intercultural Education, it will make contact with the teachers and organize their training seminars in Greece; make contact with the Roma community by an important database, maintained in the Institute; participate at the conception, the creation and the application of the training module, follow up the experimentation of the teacher’s action with the Roma families; and participate at the assessment of the activities.

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Universität Wien, Institut für Bildungswissenschaft (Austria)

institut.erz.univie.ac.at/home/
institut.erz.univie.ac.at/home/fe3/english


The Department of Educational Science at the University of Vienna, Austria, offers a study programme geared towards professional development for prospective and current educators, researchers, and teachers in different educational fields.  About 800 first-year students enter the study programme each year. The programme offers graduate and post-graduate studies. Starting Fall 2007, the department will offer studies at a Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D level. The Centre for Comparative Studies on Special Needs and Inclusive Education (CCSSNIE), which functions as partner organisation in this application, is a subdivision of the Department of Educational Science. It provides the first university-based research unit in German-speaking countries with a focus on comparative international and intercultural issues in special needs and inclusive education and serves as a contact point and coordination centre for scientific cooperation in this field. The CCSSNIE coordinates and conducts international and national research projects in the field of Roma education, in particular as it relates to the over-representation of Roma students in special education schools and classes.
The University of Vienna (UniVie) will be the lead partner for the report for needs assessment in partner countries and will prepare a joint report on the results of needs analysis in different countries with reference to each country’s particularity; the UniVie will finalize the joint report on the basis of the partners’ feedback and circulate it to the consortium.  The UniVie will also participate in all activities of the project, including, among others, a needs assessment, modules of a training curriculum and implementation of teacher training and interventions at the local level. The participation of its unit called CCSSNIE in the proposed project will allow the Centre to expand its activities in order to develop measures that will strengthen the cooperation and relationship between the schools and the Roma communities and pass on the results of the projects to the Viennese School Board, School Inspectorates and to the division for Intercultural Education in the Austrian Ministry of Education.

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Facultatea de Psihologie şi Ştiinţe ale Educaţie-Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai (Romania)

http://www.psiedu.ubbcluj.ro/

The Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences is a faculty in the structure of the Babes Bolyai University, one of the largest public multicultural universities in Romania. Babeş-Bolyai University is a modern institution which has gained a solid national and international reputation thanks to its achievements down through the decades. With 21 faculties, more than 45,500 students and with an experienced teaching staff of 1,700, our University is now an active participant in most of the European and American academic associations.
Our faculty is specialized in the education, special education and psychology fields. The focus of our programs is to promote the newest tendencies in initial and In-Service teacher education. The Faculty organizes many training courses and some of these courses are articulated around the complex problems raised by the Roma community in the educational field.

Starting with 2004 - 2005 a group of professors from the department of Science of education became the promoters in a very new training course: qualification of Roma school mediators in Romania. Starting with the school year 2006-2007and 2008 - 2009, a group of 58 Roma students attend the courses in the new specialization organized by the department of Education Sciences: Preschool and Primary School Pedagogy (teacher for primary and preschool education). These students follow a core curriculum, completed with special courses which offer them the necessary information and knowledge about the Roma community, language, tradition, values, interests and culture to enable them to work efficiently and productively for the Roma community they come from.  

The Department of educational sciences at Babes-Bolyai University (UBB) will participate in all activities of the project, including, among others, a needs assessment, modules of a training curriculum and the implementation of teacher training and interventions at the local level.  The UBB with its participation in this project would be able to expand its activities as providers of educational services for the Roma pupils and teachers.

The Educational sciences department’ experience in teacher training for Roma inclusion would share results with partners in order to be given a functional feedback, to synchronize regional and national means, methods and procedures of interventions focused on schooling the Roma children.  With its local networks, UBB is able to disseminate the project’s purposes through special activities in its area. With its close working connections with the local School Inspectorates, but also with the Education and Research Ministry, it would aim to the project results to lead to relevant legislative change.

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University of Sunderland, School of Education and Lifelong Learning (United Kingdom)

www.sunderland.ac.uk

The University of Sunderland comprises 13000 UK and international students. There are 2000 staff, of whom 500 are academic staff. The School of Education and Lifelong Learning (SELL) comprises 70 academics and 2929 students both home based and international, in full time and part time modes, undertaking a variety of programmes. These include initial and in-service teacher education: SELL is a major provider of both primary and secondary teacher education in the region; BA, MA in Education Studies and also Childhood Studies, Post Compulsory Education, and Information Technology and postgraduate research study (PhD and MPhil). Key areas of our research and teaching include Social Justice, Equalities and Multicultural Education including social class and sexualities issues; Parents, Families and School/Community Relations, the study of Pedagogy and Motivation. We currently have three major ESRC research projects in the School as well as a range of other funded projects. We are a consortium member of the Government Teacher Development Agency funded MULTIVERSE Project and are undertaking research and training regionally and nationally on all aspects of diversity including Roma and gypsy traveller children and families. 

The University of Sunderland (UoS) will be responsible for Work Package 7: ‘Reflection on implementation of teacher interventions’.  As the lead partner in this workpackage, the UoS will collect the description of intervention programs and practitioners’ reflections from all partners and make them available through the project website. UoS will also participate in all activities of the project, including, among others, a needs assessment (WP2, WP3), modules of a training curriculum (WP4) and implementation of teacher training and interventions (WP5, WP6, WP7) at the local level.  In particular, the key staff from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning will have a major contribution in the development of the project’s training materials for teachers with respect to raising awareness of Roma families and children’s values, beliefs and practices and how to address the children’s educational needs and also to enable greater participation of the parents with school education. The UoS can utilize involvement with the national MULTIVERSE IT Resource Network to facilitate the dissemination of work, thereby creating a national, as well as regional and international, dimension.

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Roehampton University

www.roehampton.ac.uk

While Roehampton University is one of the newest universities in the UK, having been established in 2004, the University is London’s longest established provider of teacher education; each of its four constituent colleges has a distinguished history dating back to the 1840s, particularly in the field of Childhood Studies and Education.

Today Roehampton has a broad range of expertise across the arts and humanities, social sciences and the human and life sciences, at the same time as maintaining its historic strength in education. An excellent performance in the recent Research Assessment Exercise saw 80 percent of the University’s total research rated as ‘internationally recognised’, and over a third classified ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’. This was one of the best performances of any of the new or ‘post-92’ universities in the UK. 

Research in Education at Roehampton University is amongst the best of all modern universities according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise achieving an overall ranking of third out of all post 1992 universities and second in London. Within the School of Education and the University as a whole there is a very strong commitment to social justice and widening participation in higher education.
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Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa V Nitre (Slovakia)

www.ukf.sk

The participating department is the Faculty of Social Science and Health at Constantine the Philosopher University, which is the only academic work place with a specialized scientific-experimental and pedagogical department for Roma ethnic group in Middle Europe. It focuses on studies of Roma ethnic group from different aspects, mostly from the point of poverty, educational process and social aspects. In the centre of attention are teachers and their professional and human set out for work with Roma children and Roma family. The Faculty of Social Science and Health has the experimental work place in the centre of the biggest grouping of Roma ethnic group in Spišská Nová Ves, in Slovakia, where trainings for teachers’ assistants, teachers, missionary and social workers are provided to gain social-psychological, communicative and intercultural competences to work with Roma ethnic group.  Important examples of such scientific research was a representative research of school motivation of Roma children, research of cultural, moral and ethnic identity of Roma adolescents and research of Roma family in international comparison.

The Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa V Nitre (UKF Nitra) will coordinate the implementation of the teacher interventions (WP6), providing all necessary support to partners.  As the lead partner in this workpackage, the UKF Nitra will coordinate the implementation of the interventions the support that may needed via the leader partners and through the online community. The UKF Nitra will also participate in all activities of the project, including, among others, a needs assessment (WP2, WP3), modules of a training curriculum (WP4) and implementation of teacher training and interventions (WP5, WP6, WP7) at the local level. Moreover, it will have the opportunity through its participation in this project to relate its findings with another project in the area it implements called ‘Schools friendly to Roma Children’
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