Shifting Boundaries - Searching for a third Partner for a key2-partnership
We are a German and an Italian School with a nearly ready project about the boundaries. As we have seen for the last years, an encreasing number of Pupils in the age of 14-16 years are declining in their school performance. Too many of them are leaving school without the planned exams, some of them are getting a minor exam, some of them aren't achieving any exam. An increasing number of pupils seem to have more problems with family expectations, language skills or with self regulation. Pupils of this group normally aren't unable to meet demands from the start, this develops during their time in the educational system.
The increased and still increasing diversity in schools leads to a considerable increase in school-failure. The standard system in our schools is not appropriate for the problems of those girls and boys.
For us a key factor is the personal cultural setup. Who am I, who is my peergroup and what are the expectaions of others. A lot of our students come from different cultural backgrounds and feel that they have to live up to expectations of two or more different worlds.
As institutions we want to learn about the boundaries, the students feel for themselves. We want to explore a way to let them learn what kind of assistance they need and how we can provide it.
For a better understanding what triggers school failure and what triggers success, we would like to stress the cultural and social setup a pupil grows in. The key to success is to give pupils tools to develop personal strategies to make their best way into a self-determined life..