Social Mindedness in Learning community

The Lifelong Learning Programme project SMILEY – Social Mindedness In LEarning community was launched in January 2011, led by the University of Catania and supported by the partner P.M.F. Research, which was responsible for whole dissemination and exploitation of the project.

The  aim  of  SMILEY  was  to  implement  awareness‐raising  programs  in schools realizing  the  specific courses  facing  the  most  current  social topics. The methodology developed within the project was implemented  in all  schools  and  educational  institutes  in  EU  and  other Associated  Countries  and the direct benefit and impact focused on educational staff and students.

Considering these elements, SMILEY improved the social mindedness and solidarity with a horizontal bottom‐up approach improving students’ competences in ICT and promoting a common European feeling upon these crucial issues.  In fact, despite the fact that the EU incessantly promotes values as dignity, equality and solidarity, every day one of these rights is violated and this is clearly worrying.

Therefore, this bottom‐up approach helped teachers to deal with social problem issues, such as bullying and to face possible students’ violent attitudes through enjoyable online ERPG (Edu Role‐playing Game) developed according to the pupils’ social awareness. In this scenario students were entertained, while learning, through short animations and interactive games which aimed to attract their interest. Moreover research and tools created have been of great use for further studies and a help to work against social problems faced in many schools on a daily basis.

P.M.F. Research supported coordinator in development of the project and, according to its experience in previous projects, was leader of Dissemination and Exploitation work packages. Further, it was involved in set up of ICT tools from project management and also evaluation of questionnaires.

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Jan. 2011 – Dec. 2012

Total budget

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Project number

2010-4406 /001-001