CirSchool [closed]

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logo CircusThe Lifelong Learning Comenius project CirSchool aims at developing an innovative and creative teaching and learning environment promoting key competences, based on circus paradigm.
CirSchool leverages circus relational and physical practices in order to foster the acquisition of key transversal competences, such as abstraction, self-esteem, team-building, problem-solving and responsibility.

Context
Children and teenagers (from 3 to 16 years old) are embedded in a social and cultural environment which constantly evolves and changes. The traditional cognitive heritage, based on teacher-centred methods, more than on learner-centred approaches, does not fill the needs of this new reality: technology, knowledge, skills are in continuous and dynamic change, and therefore, it is necessary to provide students with tools which can enable them to build their own strategy to manage the complexity and the cognitive flexibility needed to cope with, and to adjust to modern society.

Project Lifetime
December 2013 – November 2015

Objectives
:: Design and developed an integrated learning environment, flexible to different age groups and promoting the acquisition of key competences, through circus practice.
:: Create learning paths based on the above-mentioned environment, blending traditional and circus pedagogy.
:: Boost a new learning environment, based on an horizontal approach, having at its core the sharing, the dialogue and the joint discover among students and teachers.
:: Offer students, through circus pedagogy, the possibility to develop one’s own sensitivity and to reach autonomy and critical skills, in order to be able to better interpret the world and the society.
:: Assess the efficacy of the developed integrated learning environment.

Activities
The Consortium develops three Learning paths based on circus pedagogy, targeting kindergarden, primary school and lower secondary school children. Each learning path will be composed by an integrated learning environment and all its tools, methodologies, materials, and evaluation instruments.
Learning paths are based on an extensive review of already existing practices and on the pedagogical and circus expertise of CirSchool partners.
Each piloting country tests each learning paths with at least 4 classes.

Results
:: 3 learning paths based on circus methodology, for kindergarden, primary school and lower secondary school children
:: guidelines for teachers to apply the learning paths
:: 12 piloting experiences for each testing country

Partners
:: III Circolo school (IT)
:: SOPHIA R&I (IT)
:: Albert’s circus (UK)
:: University of Patras (GR)
:: EURIDIT (BE)
:: Associazione seed (CH)
:: FSEC – La Federation Suisse des Ecoles du Cirque [Associated Partner] (CH)

Funders
European Commission