ACTING UP - Project on Drama in Adult Education
ACTING UP project (http://actingup.eu) within Erasmus+ programme (2014-1-PL01-KA204-003034) addressed the problem of low level of participation of adult learners in lifelong learning. The project aimed to exploit the potential of drama techniques to increase the motivation of adult learners. The methodology fostered the work of trainers and counsellors supporting the adult learners. Experienced training and educational organisations from 5 EU countries implemented the programme in Poland, Scotland-UK, France, Portugal and Italy.
The project set the objective to engage adult learners (especially those low-skilled with fewer opportunities) in continuing education through the use of drama techniques and up-skill them to find proper education and employment pathways.
ACTING UP focused on two target groups:
Firstly, it addressed adult educators, trainers, vocational counsellors, and socio-cultural practitioners who were being trained to use drama activities as pedagogic method to support vulnerable adult learners.
Secondly, it addressed adult learners at particular risk of exclusion, those who require up-skilling or re-skilling, often affected by unemployment, restructuring and career transitions, and contribute to social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development.
The main activities constituting Intellectual Outputs of the project included:
1. European Guidebook
Research conducted in each partner country and development of European Guidebook – collection of best practices on the exploitation of theatre, movement and drama techniques as a methodological tool. The publication is available to download in 5 languages (PL, EN, FR, PT, IT) from ACTING UP web-site.
2. Trainers’ Training on drama techniques.
We designed Course curriculum and materials of drama training for teachers, educators, trainers, vocational counsellors and socio-cultural practitioners. We organised 5-days training in Porto for group of 25 trainers (5 people per country), which was very practical workshop-based event on how to exploit drama to support adult learners. All workshops’ exercises with instructions are described and illustrated with pictures and videos and are available on project e-Learning platform with the form of Session Plans in 5 languages (PL, EN, FR, PT, IT) and toolkit for downloads.
3. E-Learning Course for teachers, educators, trainers, vocational counsellors and socio-cultural practitioners (http://platform-actingup.eu)
Trainings’ and workshops’ content in 5 partners' languages (PL, EN, FR, PT, IT) along with all materials supported with the pictures and videos produced by the partnership throughout the whole project are available on-line within project e-Learning platform. The e-Learning platform is available for everyone with free registration. It consists of Session Plans, Glossary (main terminology in 5 languages), Toolkit (all exercises divided by 9 categories/topics ready for downloading) and YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUpvXo3dADA8a2EujFj8rOA.
4. Course for beneficiaries.
Trainers who participated in the 5-day course on drama techniques in Porto were obliged to integrate some elements of drama to their regular training activities. Their proposals were collated in a common course for beneficiaries jointly developed by trainers from all participating countries. It is a comprehensive publication including ready to use scenarios of trainings grouped in 5 separate courses. Each one has detailed instructions for trainers such as: overview, suggested target group, objectives, duration, learning outcomes and finally exercises grouped within an annex with detailed descriptions. Apart from drama-based activities we present exercises implemented on regular basis by partner organisations within their chosen programmes. Course for beneficiaries is available to download in 5 languages (PL, EN, FR, PT, IT) from ACTING UP website.
5. Piloting the course in each country
Course for beneficiaries developed by European trainers’ team underwent testing in 5 countries. Each organisation selected 30 participants for the piloting phase. Trainers introduced their own programmes designed to specific target groups beneficiaries produced in respective national language. Beneficiaries had a chance to exploit drama for their further motivation and engagement. At the end of the pathway the learners under trainers’ supervision delivered a final performance during Multiplier Event with local stakeholders. Usually it was a sample of Theatre Forum methodology involving the audience, presentation of drama-based exercises or combination of both. In case of Poland, Multiplier Event had a character of more formal Final Conference at international level and was occasion to present all project results.
Apart from main tasks related to 5 Intellectual Outputs all partners carried out their duties related to project management and implementation that covered transversal activities such as coordination, dissemination, evaluation and participation in international meetings.