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21 dicembre 2021

“eTwinning and teacher training”, the research by INDIRE and the University of Florence has been published

The publication of the research “eTwinning and teacher training. Studies, evidence and perspectives of the Italian community” was officially presented on Thursday 16 December within the 2021 eTwinning National Conference. The study aims to evaluate the effects of the teaching and training experience, gained within the European eTwinning community, regarding the professional development of teachers operating on the national territory.

The research was conducted jointly by INDIRE and the Italian eTwinning Unit, together with the University of Florence in 2020.

The volume, published by Carocci Editore and already available for free by registering on the publisher’s website, is edited by Maria Chiara Pettenati, Director of Research at INDIRE; Donatella Nucci, eTwinning Italy head of unit, and Alexandra Tosi, eTwinning National Unit.

It collects numerous contributions from INDIRE and UniFi research experts. Among them: Maria Ranieri, Professor of General Didactics and Special Pedagogy at the University of Florence, together with UniFi researchers Francesco Fabbro, Enrico Imbimbo and Elena Gabbi.

The volume also contains a preface by Santi Scimeca, eTwinning project manager at European Schoolnet, an introduction by Sara Pagliai, coordinator of the Erasmus+ Indire Agency and other contributions from the staff of the eTwinning National Unit.



The volume develops a framework of competences of eTwinners divided into three areas of analysis: “didactics, teaching professionalism and school participation”, investigated through an empirical study on a sample of teachers enrolled in eTwinning. The analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data collected with a questionnaire and a series of in-depth interviews on specific issues, highlighted a strong correlation between the perception of the development of specific skills relating to the three different areas (in particular that of didactics and teacher professionalism) and the “eTwinning experience”, i.e. the active and continuous involvement of teachers over time in the various opportunities offered by the eTwinning community, from participation in projects, to face-to-face and distance training, to peer learning with colleagues met on the platform.

The text can be downloaded for free by clicking here or by registering on the Carocci Editore website by following the instructions below:













Below is the recording of the presentation of the research during the 2021 eTwinning National Conference:


Are you a teacher enrolled in eTwinning? Take part in the interactive version of the research!

A summary of the research results can be consulted on the Indire website in a static and interactive version. The section is also available in English.

  • The static version is aimed at anyone who wants to read the preview of the survey in the form of a synthetic report, downloadable in the traditional pdf format;
  • The interactive version is aimed exclusively at teachers and staff involved in eTwinning projects who will be able to interact with the research results by providing a series of feedback based on their eTwinning experience, which will be collected anonymously and used for research purposes.


See the summary of the results of the research “The impact of eTwinning on the professional development of teachers in service in Italy” >>