ISIT Project

ISIT Project English


The ISIT project addresses two of the crucial needs defined by the Education and Training Benchmarks for 2020 and by the High Level Group of Experts on Literacy (HLGEL 2012):

  1. the problem of low literacy skills in many European countries
  2. the unsatisfying status of teachers' continuous professional development (CPD) in the EU.

Thus ISIT pursues two goals:

  1. a specific goal: training 30 teacher educators from 3 European countries in content area literacy (CAL)
  2. a general, comparative goal: analysing good examples of how to implement innovations into different national structures of CPD.

The innovative aspect of the project is to effectively combine these two goals.
The project follows a multiplier approach: By training teacher educators (narrow target group) it will reach out to secondary school teachers (second target group) which will have a positive impact on the long-term target group of students with low literacy skills (broadest target group).
ISIT builds upon the results of the Comenius project BaCuLit (see Materials on this Website and under providing a comprehensive curriculum in content area literacy for teachers´ continuous professional development, including course materials and trainer handbooks. ISIT aims at implementing this concept into the CPD structure of Germany, Hungary and Romania, where a total of 30 teacher educators from 25 different training institutions will be made familiar with CAL instruction and especially with the BaCuLit curriculum.
The project follows an action research approach, which means not to separate research from action. Therefore the trainers will analyse together with scientists the steps and obstacles in implementing CAL courses in their institutions. Thus, ISIT intends to explore the general opportunities and obstacles in implementing innovation into teachers CPD in these 3 countries.
A further objective is the dissemination of CAL into five other countries: Partners from Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, and Portugal will participate gaining comparative insights and providing input from the perspective of their countries.
The project will be structured into two work stages:

  1. Training of Trainers: In every core partner country (Germany, Hungary, Romania) an Information Day will be organized in January 2014 to address the decision makers within teachers' CPD institutions. These info-days serve the aim to invite teacher trainers to a training course in CAL. The training of the trainers will take place in a national blended-learning course consisting of two one-day-seminars, a three-months´ E-learning-course and one common international summer school of one week in Germany in august 2014.
  2. Implementation and Action Research: Partly overlapping with this training course the 30 trainers start planning the integration of CAL elements into the regular programmes and services of their institutions. On the basis of a semi-structured report form they will write an implementation logbook documenting the steps they take and the obstacles they face. These logbooks will be analysed and summarized by the national coordinators and discussed on national level and at an international meeting. The analysis of the trainers´ logbooks will result in three national implementation reports and one final comparative implementation report, drawing the general conclusions of all experiences on implementation strategies for innovations in teachers´ professional development.