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Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)

FORTH is the coordinating partner of the EPNoSL Project. The Educational Research and Evaluation Group (ERE) of the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) is concerned with the study of current trends in education and their impact on society and on the future of educational institutions. It is an active player in the discourse on LLL with particular focus on the parameters on learning cultures and the management change.

The Group’s research and evaluation activity is addressed under the scope of comprehensiveness and coherence within and across the sector of education and related to it sectors. Over the years the Group developed conceptual tools to facilitate policy and tangible outputs to direct self-reflection for practitioners on pertinent to education matters. The principle areas of research is on

  • Technology enhanced learning - focus on pedagogical effectiveness of various learning approaches (experimental, situated, adaptive, exemplary learning), organization of teaching / learning and school management culture and self-evaluation. The comparative approach on the school sector’s utilization of ICT has facilitated an integrated theory development that appears on the join OECD and CRELL publication “Kikis, K., Scheuermann, F. &Villalba, E. A framework for Understanding and Evaluating the impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. In: Assessing the effects of ICT in education — Indicators, criteria and benchmarks for international comparisons, European Commission — Joint Research Centre, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2009, ISBN 978-92-79-13112-7”;
  • Teachers professional development -focus on pedagogical applications of ICT, the pedagogy of the discipline of specific orientations, analyses of the roles of the educational/school actors and articulation of professional development curricular frameworks;
  • Life-long learning -focus on the articulation of policy and assessment of policy effectiveness;
  • Socio-economic research with focus on the educational outcomes and organizational change;
  • Assessment of the results of the educational processes under the scope of inclusiveness (particular focus on gender)

The Group’s engagement with school management dates back to the late 90’s (please refer to Section 3.3: School Leadership and its role in pedagogic innovation with the use of ICT, in “Pedagogic Innovations with the use of ICTs: From wider visions and policy reforms to school culture” –pp.69-71). As implied in the documentation the Group is a proponent of the instructional style of school management and regards school leadership as a driving force to both educational change and excellence of learning outcomes.

The Group members are collaborating with International and EU Structures on fostering change in the school sector (CRELL, CERI/OECD) and have demonstrated ability on networking and collaborative work methods. This lead to a networking capacity with schools, the administration of education services, and learning and research institutions across Europe.

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