Intellectual Output 6

Reflective report on the approach and methodology adopted

The Report will therefore have four objectives: 1) evaluating and reflecting upon the degree of effectiveness with which the project dealt with the gaps identified through IO1, 2) evaluating the suitability and adaptability novel tools and techniques to differing circumstances, 3) reflecting on the effectiveness of the project approach in achieving educational goals initially set by the participants, also in relation to their experience with more conventional teaching methods, and to develop a post-project strategy.

The inter- and multidisciplinary nature of the implementation requires a critical approach to the process, and the work done will contribute to the increasing literature on how to implement such teaching in a consistent, efficient and pedagogically grounded manner. The report will reflect the whole process in a systematic way using suitable reflective and evaluation tools.

The reflection process has a considerable value added for the partnership because it allows to ensure the sustainability of the process and transferability of the outcomes to the institutional level.

The work done expected to have impacts at three levels:

On the partnership level, it will ensure that the gaps identified in IO1 are addressed, facilitate transferability of the outcomes to the institutional level, and thus strengthen the sustainability of the process. Personnel involved will receive peer support in the implementation of the innovative tools and methods.

In this way the final outcomes of the project are going to be improved and the result is going to be locally adaptable, problem/practice oriented educational material and curricula. The consortium is well aware that this process can result from fine tuning to radical changes in the approach followed.

Outside of the partnership, the impacts are expected through sharing the experiences and lessons learnt in a way easy to follow for a project outsider (other educators). The IO6 will strengthen all other IOs in terms of addressing the needs identified in the peripheral rural areas for improved education of future professionals.The third domain that the project has the ambition to contribute is the methodological domain.  The collective reflection process could be used in other similar projects.