An interdisciplinary approach to preventing social exclusion at school

Apr 1, 2022 | News

The education system is adapting to changing times by embracing interdisciplinary teaching!

The OTA project was born out of the need to address the learning gap caused by distance learning in response to the pandemic; an event that has affected the world in absolute terms and cyclically continues to interfere in the life of society as a whole.

The distance interposed between the school’s members, in particular that between teachers and pupils, has caused some of the structural assumptions on which the school was based to collapse, and has raised questions about the school world.

This is the context in which the OTA project fits in and in which it wants to fulfil its function, which goes beyond the element of physical distance between teacher and pupilǝ and which also affects a metaphorical distance, a distance arising from a discrepancy between curricular needs and those of the new generations. These needs already call for a new type of ‘language’ to be approached, one that increasingly involves the pupils and creates a more fluid channel of communication with educators and teachers.

The tools OTA will use to achieve this will be the digitisation of specially created activities and the inclusion of art as a means of understanding mathematical and scientific concepts.

Therefore, an educational system is proposed that makes interdisciplinarity a pivotal point, thus fostering a circularity of teaching, which will see the teacher collaborate and stimulate the pupils’ learning, offering them a point of view that goes beyond the classic school scheme and is based on references that can be found in real life, in everyday life.

Specifically OTA:

  • Will provide teachers with the skills and knowledge to work online, facilitating the learning of science subjects in an engaging context and creating innovative learning experiences by promoting the value of science and art;
  • It will stimulate a change in teaching, facilitating the process of self-esteem and personal growth even in a distance learning context;
  • It will prevent the isolation and social exclusion of pupils who, for various reasons, attend lessons at home, far from friends and classmates.
  • It will provide the educational community of each partner country with a MOOC platform, which can be used to prepare lessons thanks to immediate access to learning materials to be used both in presence and online.