Euro-Quest is an online, classroom based resource in development for use with Transition Year students.
As host of the Euroguidance centre Ireland; NCGE is currently conducting a pilot programme with Transition Years of an internally developed ‘Euro-Quest’ classroom resource.
Euro-Quest is a free to use online programme promoting educational mobility across Europe which can be completed in or out of class. It is accompanied by a student workbook.
Euro-Quest is in four modules and can be delivered by the Guidance Counsellor, in collaboration with the TY Coordinator, or as part of a team of teachers who work together; with Europe as a cross-curricular theme. In this way, the programme operates within the context of the Whole School Guidance Framework, with the learning outcomes of the programme designed in line with the Guidance Outcomes of the Framework and the NCCA guidelines for module delivery.
The purpose of the resource is to:
- inform students of the opportunities for studying / training / apprenticeships and working in Europe before they make their subject choices for Leaving Certificate and consider their future career plan
- invite students to research their options and present their findings
- motivate and encourage students to consider all their options
Euro-Quest gives an overview of Europe, highlights the study, training and apprenticeship opportunities available, gives advice and suggestions about living and studying abroad and empowers students to research courses available.
The pilot programme (2018-2019) invites student and staff feedback on the Euro-Quest resource as it is currently designed. It is intended that the fully developed resource will then be made available to ALL post primary schools from September 2019. To participate in the pilot, which is essentially a research piece, schools are requested to ascertain parents/ guardian’s AND students consent to participate, in line with recommendations of UN Conventions of the Rights of the Child; ethical research practice.
Euroquest contains 4 modules
Module1 – An overview of the European Union and an exploration of what it means to be an EU citizen, including the right to travel, study and work in other EU member states
Module 2 – An exploration of opportunities to study abroad – including Erasmus+, undergraduate studies in European universities (including courses taught through English) and the availablility of funding supports
Module 3 – Preparation for a period of learning mobility - understanding culture and diversity, tips for studying abroad including making friends, dealing with homesickness and language acquisition
Module 4 - Students are invited to complete a Careers Interest Assessment and research courses which interest them. Students are encouraged to research potential destinations , gathering information on the educational and cultural settings in different countries; individually or in groups - and present their findings
This programme is designed to be integrated into the TY curriculum through Guidance and to link with a other subjects with Europe as the common theme.
· develop an awareness of the benefits of European citizenship.
· develop an awareness of the benefits of studying abroad for a period of time.
· motivate students to consider a period of study in Europe
· develop an understanding of available opportunities for travelling and studying as European students in the future
· foster positive attitudes towards other cultures and also foster positive cultural exchanges
· develop research skills that will enable students to explore both career opportunities and study abroad opportunities
· demonstrate knowledge of Europe and the European Union
· demonstrate an ability to research career and study abroad opportunities
· show an appreciation of the cultural diversity that is inherent to Europe
· reflect on personal attributes and strengths to identify careers that will suit the individual
· demonstrate key skills in information processing and evaluating online resources in order to identity appropriate opportunities
· demonstrate key skills in researching, communication and presenting future aspirations
This unit utilises a WebQuest, inquiry-oriented approach. Students access four online modules which link to a collection of media and informative sources with resource-rich content.
The work in the WebQuest is guided and supported by the teacher, using the accompanying student workbook.
· European Languages
· European Studies