Understanding Change (U-CHANGE) is a project coordinated by JRS Europe that researches how students’ perception of migration evolved through the CHANGE education project. While CHANGE education project focuses on in-school work and awareness raising on critical thinking, U-CHANGE researches the findings from the evaluation of that work. The goal of the project is to develop an innovative methodology to promote critical thinking among young people and facilitate civic engagement with the goal of social inclusion.
The U-Change Research Methodology
Working with the CHANGE school networks and a research institute, U-CHANGE will assess the data of 3,000 students from 9 European countries.
Multivariant statistical analysis, comparing different variables to findings, will allow to assess how students’ critical thinking performance has been influenced.
Based on this research, JRS Europe will publish a report to be widely disseminated among education stakeholders, schools, and civil organisations, and will organise events and tutorials.
For teachers across Europe. Thanks to the involvement of 680 educators and awareness raising campaigns online, the research will reach 20,000 to 35,000 people in a variety of European countries. The end goal is to promote good citizenship, in line with UN Global Education Sustainable Development Goal 4.
You can teach or learn for the change,
you can teach or learn for change!
The University of Commillas carried out a in-depth research study among students who had participated in the CHANGE awareness-rasing project and identified what was effective and what helped students develop valuable critical-thinking skills. Therefore, it asessed the programme’s impact on students in developing critical thinking skills and improving civi participation, in particular in promoting intercultural exchanges, diversity, and social inclusion. The 6 key lessons that come out of this study are:
- CHANGE mobilises learning and critical thinking.
- Some entrenched prejudices remain.
- Presence of refugee population in classrooms has a big impact.
- There are three clear student profiles.
- The context of application is heterogenous and it is not neutral.
- Not all stages have the same participation.
U-CHANGE is led by JRS-Europe and partnered with Collège St. Michel and CEBECO (Belgium); Institute for Studies on Migration of University of Comillas, Fundacion Entreculturas and Fundacion Alboan (Spain); Popoli Insieme (Italy) and JRS Hungary
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