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Hans Traxler, Chancengleichheit 1975
Hans Traxler, Chancengleichheit 1975
"When the teacher enters the classroom he will have to apply many strategies of learning ... You stand in front of 30 individuals and you must think what is this child able to do or that child. This is a really difficult task. And that is why we are here to learn from England, Germany, Sweden, Finland and hopefully we can say something about Norway."

Marianne Lislerud Stokke
Risum Comprehensive School, Norway,
in an interview, given in January 2004 for German radio WDR 5

Cause of project

Reducing social inequality of deprived children and of children from migrant families will remain a challenge for European countries. Yet latest results in international studies show that many teachers are not sufficiently qualified to arrange and to support individual learning processes in mixed-ability groups.

With regard to comparable standards of attainment it has to be made very clear that there is a wide range of different abilities and requirements of learning between boys and girls, between youth of different ethnical or social background. This asks for different ways towards the aim of best qualification possible and of achieving the competence of life-long and self-guided learning.

Therefore within teacher education and in-service training the knowledge about individualised learning in mixed ability groups must be deepened, extended and put into practice.

Project EU-MAIL

For this reason within project EU-MAIL 13 institutions of teachers education and in-service training, universities, schools and school authorities of five European countries worked on substantial research on the promoting factors for successful individualised learning, leading to developing modules for teachers education and in-service training.

Target group of the project are teachers and teachers trainers, but also teachers trainees, school heads, members of school authority and parents are addressed. 

Running time of the project was October, 2004, to August, 2006.

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