Handbook for a Train the Trainer Manual - for Teacher Educators

Authors: Christa Markom, Jelena Tosić, Magdalena Steger

This comprehensive Train the Trainer Manual for teacher educators should equip them with contents (chapter 3), didactical methods for teaching digital inclusion. University staff will be able to be trained with this Manual to apply and teach with the recommended Software Applications and didactic tools (chapter 4) developed in the project DigitClue. It will enable/help them to enhance their work with pre-service and in-service teachers with regards to digital literacy and inclusive pedagogy. The interdisciplinary team that worked on this project, has been challenged by the question what can be useful knowledge for teachers. Generally, new strategies are needed to incorporate new ideas, approaches, and definitions into curricula and schools (Schensul, Gonzalez Borrero, & Roberto, 1985) and science sometimes lacks the innovative ideas to implement theory into diverse fields of practice. Many anthropologists work in practice or combine the work in theory and practice. Especially ethnography is a good method, also in schools, to explore a variety of topics and problems. Being trained in the method of (auto)ethnography is valuable for practice. It teaches one to withhold one’s own judgment, to listen more than to just speak, to respect diversity and differences, and to not make conclusions until one has collected data in a long-term immersive process. On the other hand, some scientists gained practice experience before entering into research. This practical experience helped them to later gain positions in the academia. The combination of practice and theory is often an advantage, as they are closely intertwined.