This guide is designed to help secondary-school teachers present Europe’s main urban challenges and engage their students in the quest for solutions. The materials are ideal for use with students between the ages of 16 and 18 and explore the following topics:
Each challenge features fun, multidisciplinary classroom activities complete with instructions, ideas for student-led initiatives, optional additional assignments and a list of resources for further exploration. The emphasis is on group work and cooperative learning. The activities can be used independently or combined in the context of a workshop. Estimated times are given for each individual activity, to help teachers to plan complete sessions. Alternatively, a single interactive workshop can be organised that builds on the content and activities of the opening and final sessions, while also drawing on the information, activities and case studies contained in the seven challenges. Whichever option is chosen, we suggest that the guide is used in the context of social studies classes, since urban development and social innovation are broad topics that cover many disciplines.
The materials contained in the guide are ideally suited to team teaching: we encourage head teachers, English teachers, art teachers and science teachers to work together in the planning and implementation of the activities.
The guide develops key competencies for lifelong learning, as defined by the European Parliament: communication in the mother tongue (A); communication in foreign languages (B); mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology (C); digital competence (D); learning to learn (E); social and civic competences (F); sense of initiative and entrepreneurship (G); and cultural awareness and expression (H). These key competencies are interdependent, and in each case the emphasis is on critical thinking, creativity, initiative, problem solving, risk assessment, decision taking and the constructive management of feelings.
JPI Urban Europe is a joint programming initiative in which 13 countries pool research efforts to create vital urban areas. Seismic supports JPI Urban Europe by adding a social dimension and encouraging wider societal participation.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 612493