The project ‘ DIversity of CEramics – DICE’ is aimed to learn, develop and improve participants’ professional and transferable skills and competences. The secondary schools from Portugal, Latvia, France and the Czech Republic cooperated in creating, designing and handmade manufacturing different kinds of products from ceramic clays. Since the schools prepare students for their professional career, the activities were focused on aspects of diversity in the ceramic production in the European regions with various ceramic traditions and roots.
About two hundred of participants (120 in international workshops) were involved in the project, most consisting of students (age 16-19) and their vocational teachers who planned, implemented, produced, assessed and disseminated activities and outcomes gained in the project. It was believed that the overall project team with the cooperation of the schools’ implementation teams and participants were able to achieve the goals and fruitfully accomplish all the activities and products planned in the proposal.
Seven international workshops with different kinds of ceramic clays and approaches were organized in the project. The host school which was responsible for preparation, organization and assessment of the workshop, made a schedule combining visits of cultural institutions and regional companies as well as work on the products. The participants introduced their ceramic traditions/history as well as curricula to the partners. Besides that they designed and manufactured ceramic products in the international team. In addition they learned new techniques in practice by trying, doing and decisionmaking so significant in their future career. The contents of workshops depended on the host schools and they included different approaches to the clays like ceramic tiles, wall compositions of plates, using vegetables for making plaster moulds and traditional spa cups.
The activities in the project included various kinds of work. On one hand, the participants used IT tools (social networks, web research, presentations, videos and spreadsheet) for communication, work and presentation results of their outcomes using mother languages and English as Lingua Franca, on the other hand they designed, discuss different components of the procedure and finally handmade manufacture own ceramic products in national and international teams. They learned how to cooperate, communicate, suggested solutions or defended own ideas and imaginations in order to produce outcomes usable for their professional lives (videos, presentations, a fictitious ceramic business) as well as goods for exhibitions and ceramic teaching/learning.
The project will helped students to improve and enhance not only their professional and vocational skills but also transferable competences so important for their employability or entrepreneurship. Moreover, it made students aware of belonging to a ceramic community at a local, regional, national and European level. The examples of the best practice would be integrated into the schools’ curriculum so that have a long-term impact on preparation of present and future students.
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