Multisensorial Space and intercultural learning in the school contexts

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How can you imagine and develop a Multisensorial Space within an intercultural learning path?

The goal of the DISC project is to improve the digital skills of people with a migratory background and, at the same time, to facilitate their social inclusion through the experimentation of innovative pedagogical methodologies. Specifically, the best practices implemented are the Multisensorial Space and the Smart Self-Assessment Tool. The first of these tools is a methodology to be developed within a sharing space, which stimulates learning through the five senses and allows a deep level of interaction and sharing between people with a different cultural background.

The creation of a Multisensorial Space was part and conclusion of a laboratory that involved students from a high-school class in Palermo, which took place in a hybrid format – partly in presence and partly online. Main focus of the workshop were intercultural skills and active citizenship, which students increased through the development of a final product, which was presented in a multisensory way online. During the final meeting of the intercultural workshop, which took place on April 22, the students shared their digital projects, which they produced independently divided into groups. The presentations took place online and allowed, among other things, to experience the effectiveness of the Multisensorial Space in a way that did not involve physical presence, thus also fostering participants’ digital skills as well as their creativity through thinking of tangible elements that most of us have at home rendering their presentation more multisensorial. The groups that presented developed their ideas, while those who attended were equipped at home with some elements and objects (for example food and spices), to have the opportunity to experience the proposed themes through different senses.

The themes chosen by the students and developed during the presentations were: Palermo’s street food analyzing its intercultural roots, an in-depth study of Japanese culture compared to the Italian one, typical dishes of various countries on special Holidays, such as Christmas, as well as the comparison between Neapolitan and neo-melodic music. The final results were very interesting and colorful, stimulating both students and teachers to reflect about different traditions and cultural influences.

The next steps of the project will be the launch of a workshop that experiments with both good practices and the finalization and implementation of a training aimed at fostering teachers’ intercultural and digital skills as well as training them in the implementation of the DISC innovative best practices.

About the project

DISC – Digital Skills for Integration and Active Citizenship is a three-year project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union under KA3: Support for policy reform, Social inclusion through education, training and youth.

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For further information

Read more about DISC and see the project website.

Contact Paula Goltzsche: paula.goltzsche@cesie.org.

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