ICT integration in teaching practice: can we go beyond the experimentation?

Marco Perini, Giuseppe Tacconi

This study aims to analyze the experiences and the voices of the actors involved in the pilot project iCnos in order to achieve a better understanding of the ongoing process of change and to provide transferable and reusable information. This project, promoted and led by the national board of CNOS-FAP Federation, aims at introducing ICTs as support to teachers’ activities and students’ learning processes. Four of the VET centers involved in the project participated in this research. The qualitative analysis of data which were gathered through interviews shows that the innovation process has been taking different forms in each VET center. There are also common features in the transition from an experimental phase to implementation.

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Inside the ‘body box’: exploring feedback in higher education

Monica Pentassuglia

In recent years, educational research has paid special attention to teachers’ practical-operative experience. The growing interest in the concept of practice within workplace settings has become a turning point in sociological, anthropological and educational studies. The present study aims to explore lecturers’ perceptions and conceptions of feedback and their daily professional practice, with a focus on the use of body movement while providing feedback during the class. Even though educational research has paid a lot of attention to the concepts of practice and performance, there are very few studies that consider the main actor included in the definition of those concepts: the body. Methodologically this exploratory case study uses a mixed methods approach. Results identified two types of issues: the first one concerns the relation between lecturer and students during the feedback practice; the second one concerns the internal coherence of lecturers between the kind of verbal feedback they provide during the lesson and how at the same time they act bodily.

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International VET conference: Crossing Boundaries in Vocational Education and Training: Social Dimensions and Participation

Intervento di Marco Perini al convegno “Crossing Boundaries in Vocational Education and Training: Social Dimensions and Participation” – Rostock (Germania)

 

Crossing Boundaries in Vocational Education and Training: Social Dimensions and Participation

Within VET, technologies are involved in the learning processes taking place in the classroom, in the laboratory and during traineeship. In thelaboratory and during the traineeship, technologies are used in different ways: on one hand, they are (and they have always been) a regular part of the work activities, which are the subjects of learning; on the other hand, they “can serve many roles to support work-based learning” (Margaryan, 2008, p.17). Though, can the use of technologies enhance WBL activities while students sit in the classroom (off the job)? This review aims gathering information about the potential of ICT in crossing the boundaries of learning processes between classroom and work within initial vocational education contexts.

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Matematica con gusto! Menù di cucina e matematica [Review]

MARCO COSTANZI

Recensione di Marco Perini

La matematica viene spesso percepita come una disciplina astratta, ostica e difficile da digerire. Marco Costanzi, con questo libro, rivisita la disciplina proponendola nelle vesti di “novità culinaria”, ricca di sapori, colori e forme, guidando il lettore attraverso un percorso che invita alla scoperta e all’osservazione di elementi come il gusto e la bellezza, che possono sembrare lontani da teoremi, formule e calcoli. La matematica viene presentata “nel piatto”, partendo dagli aspetti concreti della preparazione culinaria, come la scelta degli ingredienti, delle quantità e delle proporzioni, fino ad arrivare alla presentazione delle portate e dei menù. L’autore, docente di matematica presso il “Centro Servizi Formativi Stimmatini” di Verona, grazie all’aiuto dei colleghi docenti/chef Daniele Cipriani e Luca Magagnotti (autori delle ricette), fa incontrare il mondo dei numeri e della cucina riproponendo l’esperienza fatta nell’ambito del Concorso “I makers dei CFP: intellegiamo con le mani”, fornendo materiali, spunti e stimoli che possono ispirare sia il pensiero matematico che l’interesse per l’ambito culinario. Le ricette presentate sono arricchite da una meticolosa descrizione degli ingredienti, da informazioni nutrizionali e da digressioni di tipo storico e geografico in grado di accendere nel lettore sia la voglia di mettersi ai fornelli che l’interesse per i concetti algebrici e geometrici che stanno dietro alla preparazione di un piatto. Leggi tutto “Matematica con gusto! Menù di cucina e matematica [Review]”

International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

Intervento di Marco Perini e Monica Pentassuglia al convegno “Edulearn17 – International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies” – Barcellona (Spagna)

The management of institutional innovation process through the introduction of instructional technology in vet centers. A comparative case study.

Since Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) had taken part of everyday life both in workplace and domestic settings, the Italian educational system has progressively tried to promote technological innovations within schools. The present contribution takes place in the iCnos project started in 2012 and promoted and driven by the central coordination of CNOS-FAP federation. This paper aims to analyse experiences and actors’ voices involved in the project in order to achieve a better comprehension of the process and providing transferable and reusable information. Four VET centres were randomly selected among those included in the iCnos project. Teachers who were responsible to coordinate the local section of the overall project were interviewed in two different occasions. Leggi tutto “International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies”

END 2017 – International Conference on Education and New Developments

 Intervento di Marco Perini, e  Arianna Costatntini al convegno “END 2017 – International Conference on Education and New Developments” – Lisbona (Portogallo)How can the technology introduction foster educational innovation in VET centers? a comparative case study. Since the mass diffusion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Italian educational institutions have been implementing several experimental projects in order to enhance students learning experience (Moricca, 2016). The initial Vocational Education and Training (VET) has been part of this innovation process with several pilot projects, such as iCnos, which aims at introducing ICTs as support to teachers’ activities and students’ learning process (Franchini, 2015). This project has been led by the central management of CNOS-FAP federation through several teacher training courses, the empowerment of internet connections and the substitution of paper handbooks and notebooks with the iPad. Each center involved in the pilot project has managed independently the innovation process based on the guidelines issued by the central management. The main research questions of this exploratory study are as follows: Can an institutional innovation process-managed with a top-down approach-fosters pedagogical and organizational changes in VET centers? Which aspects and roles are involved in this innovation process? How do teachers and students perceive and react to this innovation process? Which are the solutions implemented by the different centers? Which are the shortcomings? Which solutions have been implemented by the centers? To answer these research questions a comparative case study has been conducted (Campbell, 2010; Yin, 2009).  Leggi tutto “END 2017 – International Conference on Education and New Developments”

Industria 4.0. Uomini e macchine nella fabbrica digitale [Review]

A cura di MAGONE A., MAZALI T.

Recensione di Marco Perini

La costante innovazione tecnologica che ha caratterizzato gli ultimi anni è stata, e continua ad essere, motore di grandi cambiamenti nell’ambito della vita quotidiana e lavorativa. Se da un lato è relativamente semplice servirsi dei nuovi prodotti che il progresso tecnologico continua a proporci, dall’altro si è sempre più a contatto con piccoli e grandi oggetti che, dietro ad un’interfaccia ergonomica sapientemente progettata, nascondono una componentistica sofisticate, creata attraverso processi produttivi ad elevato tasso di complessità. Per reggere i tempi rapidi dell’innovazione diversi settori produttivi stanno velocemente mutando, andando verso la fusione degli impianti industriali con il mondo virtuale al fine di mettere in comunicazione gli oggetti, le persone e i luoghi appartenenti al ciclo produttivo. Questo sta avvenendo tramite lo sviluppo e l’implementazione di sistemi tecnologici intelligenti, in grado di ridurre il distacco tra uomo e macchina, ovvero attraverso l’Internet Of Things (IOT). All’interno delle “nuove fabbriche” si possono trovare linee produttive flessibili al punto di essere in grado di personalizzare i prodotti in base alle esigenze del singolo cliente, macchine in grado apprendere e di comunicare tra di loro, impianti con capacità autodiagnostiche e robot che compiono la quasi totalità delle funzioni manuali richieste. Ma quali sono le caratteristiche di un’industria in grado di immettere sul mercato in tempi brevissimi prodotti ad alto profilo tecnologico? Come sta cambiando il ruolo delle risorse umane al suo interno? Quali competenze vengono richieste ai lavoratori delle fabbriche digitalizzate? Leggi tutto “Industria 4.0. Uomini e macchine nella fabbrica digitale [Review]”

Unleashing the creative potential of VET. 5th Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training

Intervento di Arianna Costatntini, Andrea Ceschi, Riccardo Sartori, Marco Perini, Giuseppe Tacconi al convegno “SFIVET Congress 2017” – Berna (Svizzera)

Discovering the interplay between situational and dispositional factors leading to career decidedness
A lifelong learning perspective to the development of individuals needs to rely on a dynamic educational environment, able to support multiple career pathways. Accordingly, educational settings need to possess the knowledge to design effective career counseling programs to allow institutional permeability and options to move horizontally to different educational streams.
Drawing on social cognitive career theory, this contribution explores how career decidedness (CD) of 798 students from different educational streams is affected by optimism, facilitating conditions for school motivations (FCSM), and career decision-making self-efficacy (CDSE).
Results showed that career decision-making self-efficacy partially mediates the relationship between FCSM and CD. Interestingly, whilst the direct effect of FCSM on CD is negative, the relationship linking FCSM to CDSE, as well as that linking CDSE and CD, is positive. Leggi tutto “Unleashing the creative potential of VET. 5th Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training”

“The Art(ist) is present”: Arts-based research perspective in educational research

Monica Pentassuglia

A growing interest in the concept of practice within workplace settings has been seen in the last two decades in a variety of fields. Although some authors highlighted the importance of this type of research, there is still a poor scientific understanding of this process. The first serious discussion and analysis of the construction of knowledge emerged during the 1900s. In the field of humanities, questions have been asked regarding the use of traditional research paradigms in terms of its limitation of understanding complex subjects. In line with this perspective, the current article provides an opportunity to advance the understanding of new research paths. Specifically, after an overview on the traditional research paradigms, particular references are devoted to the Arts-Based Research (ABR) approach and to the use of arts within the research processes. Then, this contribution provides a deep exploration of dance-based methods for educational research. As a transdisciplinary approach, the ABR can be used in different fields. For this reason, the current article tries to provide insights about the use of dance-based methods in the educational context. An in-depth literature review will highlight the issues linked to the use of dance in research paths highlights different connotations of it within the research process. The author identified and explored three main uses of dance in academic field.

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Operatore del mercato del lavoro e case management: Corso di perfezionamento e aggiornamento professionale

Il corso mira a fornire agli operatori del mercato del lavoro, o a coloro che desiderano operare nel sistema dei servizi per il lavoro, le competenze necessarie per:

  • Gestire percorsi personalizzati di inserimento e/o reinserimento lavorativo (D.Lgs.150/2015);
  • Accompagnare l’utente del servizio nel percorso di inserimento e/o reinserimento lavorativo;
  • Monitorare l’andamento delle azioni poste in essere a favore degli utenti del servizio;
  • Operare con competenze di case management nel quadro della rete territoriale dei servizi pubblici e privati per il lavoro.

Particolare attenzione sarà dedicata all’aggiornamento di carattere tecnico-giuridico relativo al D.lgs. 150/2015 e alle competenze richieste dal profilo dell’Operatore del Mercato del Lavoro previsto dalla normativa regionale del Veneto.

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