British Council Awards for Educational projects at the School of Education, UoG

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Dr Gabriella Rodolico: British Council Going Global Exploratory Grant. The relationship between the University of Glasgow’s School of Education and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune has been strengthened over the last two years as staff from both institutions worked collaboratively on a range of projects to strengthen and promote STEM pedagogies and Collaborative, Online, International Learning (COIL) for pre-service and in-service science teachers. In 2021 Dr Rodolico was granted the International Partnership Development Funding (IPDF) for a series of workshops based on a STEM challenge, in collaboration with tutors from the IISER Pune. Based on this project’s outcomes (soon available,  on the University of Glasgow Connect Newsletter ) Dr Rodolico and her colleagues Dr Zacharias and Dr Read both from School of Education and tutors from IISER Pune, have been awarded a British Council Going Global Exploratory Grant to develop the workshops into a full course based on Nature of STEM and Engineering design process, as well as language and gender in STEM promoting a holistic approach to STEM teacher education. This first exploratory stage will allow the teams to explore how best to embed it into ongoing courses at both Institutions to ensure sustainability and scale-up impact.


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Dr Lavinia Hirsu. British Council UK – Viet Nam Partnership for Teacher Activity Groups. This project aims to implement, track and evaluate an innovative methodology that invites teachers, artists and learners to explore languages across modes, media and creative sources of culture. Teaching and learning English successfully in a multilingual world requires innovation, creativity, the ability to draw on all linguistic resources and a sense of identity -- local and connected to the wider world. This project builds on a community-of-practice approach whereby groups of primary and secondary teachers will work in collaboration with local creative artists, researchers and community stakeholders. This project builds on previous expertise developed as part of pilot research funded by the Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund (University of Glasgow), British Council and ESRC IAA, as well as international collaborations with colleagues in Kazakhstan and Canada. The grants have enabled Dr. Hirsu and colleagues to create a Toolkit which will be used in the current project as well. As part of the UK team, Dr. Julie McAdam and Dr. Evelyn Arizpe will add their expertise and resources, building on their work in an AHRC network focussed on children’s literature and the use of multimodal picture books to create safe and imaginative spaces.

First published: 18 February 2022

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