Education and training are key pillars for the development of societies. In this sense, the European Commission and the EU countries agreed on the Strategic framework for Education & Training, which includes a set of benchmarks for education to be achieved by 2020, namely: the rate of early leavers from education and training aged 18-24 should be below 10% and fewer than 15% of 15-year-olds should be under-skilled in reading, mathematics and science.

The structure of the educational systems, the school environment and the skills of the school staff are important factors for students’ engagement, motivation and performance, as well as, for their learning process. Facing this context, the project CARMA – RMA and other non-formal teaching-learning methods for students’ motivation aims to develop, test and introduce at schools non-forma learning techniques as a collaborative learning strategy to innovate school culture and transform classroom practices.

CARMA’s activities will result in the following outcomes:

  • A toolkit for teachers providing a step by step guide and tools on how to implement the collaborative learning activities with their students to increase their motivation and participation.
  • An assessment model defining common standards in teacher competences to deliver collaborative learning and assessment in classroom practices will be developed.
  • An online network as a channel to promote and share knowledge about non-formal learning methods, as well as to contribute for the continuous professional development of teachers.
  • An inclusive strategy, addressed to the European and national education authorities, with recommendations on how to integrate non-formal learning methods within the educational programmes and suggestions on how to form collaborative relations within whole school community.

Presently, and until the end of June, CARMA is carrying out its research phase, for which teachers, students, parents and other key stakeholders are invited to participate in a survey about teaching and collaborative learning methods currently in use at the schools. If you belong to one of these target-groups, you are invited to contribute to this project and you can access the questionnaires below:

Co-funded by the European Programme ERASMUS+, Key Activity 3: Support to policies reform – initiatives in perspective, this project started in January 2016, lasting for 30 months and implemented by a consortium of 7 partners from 7 European countries. INOVA+ is the Portuguese partner of this initiative and it’s responsible for the project’s implementation in Portugal.