DIYPES is a 2-year Erasmus+ project aimed at promoting physical activity at high school level engaging students and teachers in co-designing the activities to be implemented during the physical education and sport (PES) classes, also in view of identifying best practices related to a participatory approach in the design of PES classes to be spread at a European level. The project started in January 2017 and will end in December 2018, with the participation of 5 European countries – Albania, Italia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia – and Denmark as internal evaluator.
DIYPES proposes a participative approach to physical education classes’ development and employment, focused on high-school students’ expressed needs and interests. The educational objectives included in the PES classes curriculum and the overall (school) setting characteristics will be accounted for, but the PES classes will be delivered through activities that will increase the level of acceptance and enjoyment of the target group. The final goal of the project is to reach an optimal balance between effectiveness and enjoyment, positive and engaging experiences for high-school students during PES classes.
Students with diverse physical potential together with the PES teachers will be engaged in organising the PES class structure and consider different types of activities. This approach is meant to empower students and to offer them a higher level of autonomy and also increase their accountability in regards to their own physical education related behaviour and outcomes.
The main objectives of DIYPES are:
– identifying and describing core educational objectives and practices related to PES in the 5 countries;
– testing the feasibility and effectiveness of a 3-month intervention focused on participatory approach to PES classes, in 3 different territorial contexts per country;
– developing scenarios and examples of best practices for good practice applicable at European level in regards to models for building innovative participatory approaches to PES classes.
- Adriana Valente, Valentina Tudisca, Pietro Demurtas, Antonio Tintori.
- Romania: Babeș-Bolyai University (BBU), project coordinator
- Slovakia: Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra- Faculty of Education (CPU)
- Albania: University of Sports Tirana (UST)
- Denmark: University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
- Malta: Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Mala (FOPSIM)
- Collection of a set of scenarios and examples of best practices applicable at European level for building innovative participatory approaches to PES classes (work in progress)
- The preliminary phase of the project consisted of an assessment of the National Curriculum related to PES for high-school students in the 5 European countries involved by means of document analysis and interviews to PES teachers and other stakeholders, including policy makers (3-5 per country). The next phase envisages an active involvement of students – about 225 students from 3 schools per country – by means of participatory methodologies, like focus groups, in order to let their preferences related to PES emerge; this preparatory work will led to the adoption of an experimental approach to PES classes for 3 months where students will be engaged in co-designing and organizing together with teachers the PES activities. This approach is meant to empower students and to offer them a higher level of autonomy, also increasing their accountability in regards to their own physical education related behavior and outcomes.The different research methods adopted within DIYPES were also tailored to address the “curriculum system” framework proposed by UNESCO, which does not limit to the official, written curriculum – generally included in norms, guidelines or policy papers – but taking into account other elements like practices realized at local level and views of various stakeholders. This fosters social actors engagement and co-production of knowledge with the aim of collective curriculum improvement.