Conferences

The Parsifal project was presented in a number of events in order to report about the activities carried out and the results achieved.




Final Conference

Date: 10-12-2020
Location: Sosnowiec, Poland

Description
The event took place as a summary of our participation in the project. The presentation of the project and its IOs was enriched with the speeches of specialists connected with education and teenagers’ development, who were talking about some of the issues that the project was addressing, i.e. key competences like reading, use of smartphones by youth and to what extent can a map be used and teaching aid.
The speakers were:
Ms Dorota Zalas, a methodologist and career consultant in CKZiU;
Ms Agnieszka Lulek, a lecturer at University of Silesia;
Mr Roman Budzioch, teacher of vocation al training in Technikum nr 6 in Sosnowiec;
Apart form the above-mentioned, the speakers were Mr Jacek Górski, head teacher of CKZiU, Ms Agnieszka Godlewska, project coordinator, who presented the Parsifal project and its outputs ahe lead the discussion afterwards, and Ms Ewa Bartosińska, who summarised the experience of CKZiU connected to European projects.
50 participants of the conference were teachers of local schools, lecturers from University od Silesia, workers of Smart Fundation, an institution which realises and coordinates various UE projects, career advisors working in local schools and head teachers of schools.
The conference was opened by head teacher Jacek Górski, who welcomed the participants and presented CKZiU. Ms Agnieszka Godlewska took over and started by presenting the main ideas behind Parsifal project, stages of development and project goals. She presented the comments and remarks of students and teachers involved in project realisation, their impressions and conclusions. She also presented some of the feedback we received during dissemination event.
IOs were presented together with few ideas of using them at school for formal and informal education.
After the presentation the invited guests had time to comment and ask questions. The discussion was lively, especially teachers were interested in using IO1 and IO3 in their didactical work. Some guests continued the discussion during the coffee break later on.
Next, Ms Zalas was talking about the importance of a smartphone for teenagers, what hazards are connected with overusing this gadget and how can it be turned into a useful teaching/learning aid. The topic was relevant, as it was one of issues that Parsifal was dealing with.
After a coffee break Ms Lulek was presenting various uses of a map as a multilevel cross-subject educational tool, as well as its application in various vocations we teach in CKZiU.
Following Mr Budzioch was presenting key competences that are sought for by employers and what influence can participation in international project have on developing them.
Finally, Ms Bartosińska presented the benefits that technical school derive from participation in Erasmus+ and PO WER projects.

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Online Dissemination Events

Date: 25-11-2020
Location: Sosnowiec, Poland

Description
Teachers involved in the project organized partial online multiplier events. Taking into consideration the limitations connected to covid-19, each of them was asked to send invitations and organise an event in their own time, suitable for them and their guests, between 20-25 November 2020. All the meetings were organised according to the same programme.
Before the multiplier events, we held a meeting with the involved teachers to establish the programme of online multiplier events and exchange remarks and conclusions. We took care that the multiplier events were organised due to the same scheme and all the participants will receive all possible information. Ms Godlewska and Ms Bartosinska prepared the handouts and the technical information about project background, Erasmus+ programme and EU funds.
Teachers shared their experience to compare and summarise their individual work, work with students, work as a project team. They also discussed their dissemination experience, reactions of target groups, comments.
Guests who took part in the multiplier events were teachers from public schools, teachers form language schools, library workers and university lecturers. Teachers who organised the events started with presenting the general idea of the Parsifal project, with a summary of our assumptions and goals. Next, the project website was presented in detail. While presenting the IOs, teachers were also commenting their work with students, their engagement and achieved effects. As it was our initial assumption, that most work with legends should be performed by youth, with teachers being a guide and an editor, various teams of students shared various experience.
Guests were invited to follow a chosen virtual trip. If a meeting was held with groups of teachers, they were asked how they would use the IOs in their work. This part went smoothly into an open discussion.
In the end of each meeting participants were asked to evaluate the project and the intellectual outputs.

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How to use legend and tales to improve students’ skills for critical thinking, to increase their creativity and knowledge of foreign cultures

Date: 13-11-2020
Location: Polikraishte, Bulgaria

Description
In the event 14 people took part: 10 teachers in Bulgarian language, history, geography, philosophy, arts and crafts, 2 librarians and trainers from the cultural house, 2 administrative personnel (deputy director and pedagogue of the school). The participants involved were 13 women and 1 man, 3 people (21% of all participants) were between 24 and 34 years of age, 6 people (43% of all participants) were between 35 and 55 years of age, 5 people (36% of all participants) were over 55 years of age.
The multiplier event was aimed at presenting the results achieved under the Parsifal project. The event started with an introduction to the project context, aims, target groups and main results. Then presentation of the legends and essays was made. During the presentation, the logic and structure behind the legends and essays were shown and examples with legends and essays from each partner country were given. After that, the project portal was demonstrated, its features were shown, focusing on the didactical importance of the content.
One of the teachers from the school Mrs. Todorka Pavlova, who worked closely with ZAT’s team during the project implementation demonstrated to her colleagues how she worked with Parsifal project content and portal with her students. One the one hand students were involved in describing legends specific for the region, where the school is situated, following the example of the legends in the portal. They also visited the places where the legends happened. After that working in teams, they had to discover similarities in main characters, places, moral and ethical challenges and achievements with other European legends, uploaded in the portal.
We also asked teachers to give us their feedback after the closing of the event.
At the end of the event, we also showed how Parsifal map works and how the app is planned to work. Actual testing of the app was envisaged for teachers to do together with their students.
Participants were quite interested in the project and its activities, there was a discussion for the choice of Bulgarian legends, presented in the portal – ZAT’s team worked with the teachers to explain why the legends were shown in this way – how we focused on most common characters and moral and ethical problems and achievements of characters as to show how Bulgarian believes and traditions have common roots with different EU legends and cultures; teachers shared that it could be interesting for such approach to be implemented for the Bulgarian legends, coming from different regions – building a map and connections between them.

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How to use legend and tales to improve students’ skills for critical thinking, to increase their creativity and knowledge of foreign cultures

Date: 04-09-2020
Location: Rusalia, Bulgaria

Description
20 people took part in the event: 14 teachers in Bulgarian language, history, geography, philosophy, arts and crafts, 4 mentors (psychologist and pedagogues, who care for the activities of students outside of the formal curriculum), 2 administrative personnel (director and manager of the school)
The profile of participants involved: 6 men and 14 women, 6 people (30% of all participants) were between 24 and 30 years of age, 10 people (50% of all participants) were between 31 and 50 years of age, 4 people (20% of all participants) were over 50 years of age.
The contents of the multiplier event: The multiplier event was aimed at presenting the results achieved under the Parsifal project. The event started with an introduction to the project context, aims, target groups and main results. Then presentation of the legends and essays was made. This presentation was made by Dr. Miglena Molhova. During her presentation Dr. Molhova showed the logic and structure behind the legends and essays and gave examples with legends and essays from each partner country. After that, the project portal was demonstrated, its features were shown, focusing on the didactical importance of the content. Dr. Molhova also shared examples of how teachers worked with their students in other countries (shared experiences during partnership meetings – searching for common features of legends between countries, using the project content to develop critical thinking, how the content can be used in language learning). For the Bulgarian legends and their connections with the legends of the other countries the BG team of the project demonstrated an example of a didactical activity. We chose one legend from each partner country, drew pictures of each legend, which were put on a board so that participants could see and access them, prepared cards with names of the main characters, challenges and main moral findings, which we scrambled and gave to participants to put under each drawing and guess the legend. After they did that we asked the to discuss similar main characters, challenges and moral findings from Bulgarian legends they knew (the video attached in the pictures’ folder shows how Ms. Ina Petkova from ZAT’s team reads the legends). The idea of that reading was that it also includes suggestopedia approach to teaching – how students can learn important information subconsciously remembering it if the text is read in certain way). We also asked teachers to give us their feedback after the closing of the event.
At the end of the event we also showed how Parsifal map works and how the app is planned to work. Actual testing of the app was envisaged for next events.
The conclusion achieved: all participants were very interested in the project and its activities, a lot of discussion happened at place of how they can combine art and theatre approaches in working with Parsifal project content; how they can ask kids write their own stories or how some events described in legends be recreated for better and easier learning (for example in a history or geography class).

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The International Conference of Cross-Cultural Competence

Date: 22-11-2019
Location: Iasi, Romania

Description
The Conference is designed to review the many aspects of the multidisciplinary debates, both of theoretical and practical research on Cross-Cultural Competence. These meetings are designed to enhance the understanding of relevant issues at regional and international level in Social Sciences and Humanities Research.

The paper ” The Parsifal Project Common Cultural Elements In European Legends, Myths And Traditional Tales” was published in the journal "Cross-Cultural Management Journal", Volume XXI, Issue 2/2019 (https://cmj.seaopenresearch.eu/volume-xxi)

Conference web site: https://cmj.seaopenresearch.eu

Article presented
The Parsifal project, common cultural elements in European Legends, Myths and Traditional Tales

The article is based on Parsifal, a European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme (Project Number: 2018-1-PL01-KA201-050865), which is being implemented by EuroEd Foundation Iasi, Romania. The project aims to bring cultural heritage to the attention of students to enrich their learning processes. The project looks at traditional tales and legends in each partner country (Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Romania) with a view to identifying common European roots. The paper focuses on main themes and common features identified in Bulgarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish and Romanian legends: real and mythological characters and animals, heritage, environments and common objects, recurring situations and challenges, moral and ethical topics.

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Intercultural Communication: Research, Theory and Practice

Date: 10-05-2019
Location: Iasi, Romania

Description
Intercultural communication skills and competence are becoming increasingly more relevant as the globalization of business, trade, media, education, etc. brings into contact people from different cultures, that used to inhabit geographical areas which are wide apart. At a time of increased risks and uncertainty, intercultural communication is recognized as a life skill that needs to be developed in educational, business, social, religious and political contexts.
The purpose of our 2019 conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of intercultural communication focusing on recent research, theories and practice.

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How and why folklore can be taught

Date: 09-05-2019
Location: Iasi, Romania

Description
The fifth edition of the workshop "How and why folklore can be taught" is attended by Mrs. Academician Sabina Ispas. The discussions aim to identify concrete solutions for the attractive teaching of traditional culture lessons.

Title of the presentation
Integrating local stories and traditions into classroom teaching. Case study: Erasmus + Parsifal and TIK projects.

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