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Association for Teacher Education in Europe
The ATEE aims to enhance the quality of Teacher Education in Europe through active dialogue and international exchange of research and practice in initial and in-service teacher education

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Global Competence in Teacher Education
In a shrinking, more connected world where we all face common challenges, such as those posed by economic recessions, conflicts or climate change, the acquisition of Global Competence has become increasingly important. Countries face increasing challenges, for example the integration of newly arrived peoples through the migration crisis, the rise in nationalism, preparing our youth for life in a digitally interconnected global society, where they face uncertain futures. The Key Objective of this 3 year Erasmus+ funded project (2019-2022) is to develop future cohorts of educators who are both Globally Competent themselves, but also have the skills to develop Global Competence in their students.

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Institute for Developing Across Differences
Worldwide, there are greater-than-ever business and social needs to connect across Differences. An interdisciplinary learning center and vibrant professional community, the Institute for Developing Across Differences (IDD) supports those whose work helps people and institutions embrace Differences.

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University of Genoa
The University of Genoa is one of the most valuable higher education institutions in Italy (nearly 34.000 students, 2.800 international student and 2.800 employees) and one of the biggest universities of the Northern part of Italy.

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Scuola di Scienze Sociali

Scuola di Scienze Sociali

School of Social Sciences
The School of Social Sciences of the University of Genoa was born in 2012, on the ground of the new Charter Laws which came into effect after the issuing of the L. 240/10, also known as “Gelmini Law”.
The Schools are «Coordinating Structures between more Departments, grouped according to criteria of affinity in their branches of knowledge or inner organization» (Clause 43, Sect. 1 of the Charter).
The School’s task is to coordinate and rationalise the didactic activities of the depending structures. The School has the management of all shared facilities. The School of Social Sciences gathers four Departments, arisen both from the merger of the previous Departments and from the “old” Faculties, keeping their denominations and inheriting their prestige.

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Department of Education
The Department of Education (DISFOR), offers several teacher education programs:

  1. Preprimary and primary Teacher Education (5-year course) for teachers who will work in the kindergarten (pupils aged 3-5) and/or primary school (pupils aged 6-10; grades 1-5);
  2. Preprimary, primary and secondary Special education (1-year course) for teachers who will support pupils with disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties;
  3. Secondary teacher education (24 ECTS) for teachers who will work in lower secondary school (pupils aged 11-13; grades 6-8) and/or upper secondary school (pupils aged 14-18; grades 9-13).

These teacher education programs involve approximately 50 researchers, lecturers and professors focused on 4 main areas:

  1. Educational, psychological and sociological issues;
  2. Didactics related to specific subjects: maths, chemistry, environmental education, literacy, history, geography, etc.;
  3. Special education;
  4. Workshops and training.
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Institute for Educational Technology – National Research Council of Italy

The National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR) is Italy’s major public research body, with a network of over 100 institutes nationwide, over 8200 employees, including 4000+ researchers in science and the humanities. The Institute for Educational Technology (Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche, CNR-ITD,, is based in Genova with a branch in Palermo, has a core staff of 47 (among researchers and support staff), together with a dozen of research fellows, with expertise in computing, educational sciences and psychology. CNR-ITD is the only CNR institute dedicated solely to Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), with a strongly interdisciplinary research mission, addressing research areas like educational innovation through technology; tools, methods and innovative infrastructures for teacher education and professional development; new competencies for the knowledge society; models and methods for online learning in both formal and informal contexts, inclusive education and game-based learning and gamification.

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