IT Tralee Commences Innovative EU Project
The Institute of Technology, Tralee are pleased to announce details of an innovative project they have just embarked upon with a number of European partners from Austria, Poland, Spain, Romania and Italy. The project involves engagement across various educational organisations and development agencies in each of the partner countries, focusing on developing and implementing a number of initiatives to develop confidence and esteem amongst adult learners. The project teams in each country will then share their experiences and in-doing so aim to influence teaching practises in adult education in their respective colleges.
One of the main aims of the ITT project will be to increase the level of motivation by course participants in their pursuit of lifelong learning. Emphasis will be placed on those normally under-represented in third level. Project Leader, Kristin Brogan a lecturer in Humanities at the Institute outlined her motivation in becoming involved in the project. â¿¿The Institute has in recent years developed a number of excellent initiatives in terms of facilitating access by under-represented groups to the ITT. We wish to share this activity with our international partners as well as developing further initiatives to engage with those in the county who for various reasons still do not have the self-confidence and belief in themselves to engage with third level education. This project will focus particularly on single parents as the main participant group. Part of this project will also see those who complete the programme visit one of our European partners and share their experience of the programme with their counterparts in the reciprocal country. Just last month, the Institute played host to the international partners in Tralee and Killarney and work is advancing well for the roll-out of the Kerry based programme in early 2012.â¿
As part of the project, Performing Arts Lecturer Dr. Sharon Phelan at the ITT will compile a Contemporary Dance Programme and present it to local community groups. The programme will aim to develop the participantsâ¿¿ confidence in their own ability to use the stage and will also encourage individuality of expression as they choreograph unique dance material based on their own life experiences. Afterwards, it is hoped that feedback from the participants will spur funding applications for similar projects among other community groups in Tralee and the county.
Over the coming weeks the IT Tralee will be engaging with organisations in Kerry who may be interested in getting involved in the project. The Institute will be recruiting for course participants at the start of the next academic year.