The monitoring presents a set of data on training for teachers of the Professional Technical Poles network from 2015 to 2021.
The report The innovative laboratory teaching in the Professional Technical Poles (PTPs) of the Tuscany Region, a project created by INDIRE and financed by the Tuscany Region, published in these days on the institutional sites of the two institutions, contains a monitoring on training for teachers in service in the network of the Professional Technical Poles – PTPs from 2015 to 2021.
The study presents the methods and the training offer, the organization and the tools adopted, while also presenting the data and the results of the satisfaction questionnaires.
Over the years of training, the project Laboratory teaching in the PTPs reached a total of 908 registered members (including teachers, head teachers and tutors) and involved 19 Tuscan Poles.
15 face-to-face workshops, 28 webinars and 12 seminars were held, for a total of 55 events.
447 teachers took part in the questionnaire; of these, 372 used the methodologies they learned in their classroom activities. The training courses proposed included laboratory teaching methodologies applied in a disciplinary and/or transversal context.
In terms of methodologies, the most followed training path was that relating to valential grammar (59), followed by the flipped classroom (32) and integrated distance learning (30).
During the training course, the overall assessment was for the majority “very effective” (34.50%) and “effective” for 49.80%. The overall assessment of the impact of training in classroom teaching was considered “effective” for 59.68%. Laboratory teaching has helped female and male students to understand problems related to real life, thanks to a key element: teaching practices, which have highlighted the attention of students and their learning outcomes.
These experiences have been incorporated into multiple disciplines and have had a project-based approach or were based on critical issues related to real contexts. Girls and boys were called to find innovative solutions to interconnected and complex problems, enhancing the technological, entrepreneurial, social and civic skills necessary to adapt to today’s social reality.
“From the monitoring – the Councillor for Education, Training and Work of the Tuscany Region, Alessandra Nardini comments – interesting and encouraging signs emerge from the training offer of the PTPs. In this case, the Indire report tells us that the training of teachers, head teachers and tutors has also proved effective and has produced positive effects on teaching. The commitment of the Tuscany Region on the Professional Technical Poles has seen, from 2015 to date, an investment of 2 million and 400 thousand euros. Their nature as a training alliance constitutes a strategic tool for an increase in skills capable of contributing to the development of the regional production system”.
The Professional Technical Poles (PTP)
Alongside the paths created by the Higher Technical Institutes and those of Higher Technical Education and Training, the Professional Technical Poles are one of the three types of interventions at the basis of the educational offer of higher technical education and training in Tuscany.
The PTPs are formalized networks between public and private institutions that include technical and/or professional institutions, companies, vocational training organizations and higher technical institutes – ITSs that aim to promote a training offer that is more responsive to the needs of the productive fabric. They represent a community of practice, which acts in a coordinated manner between the various subjects involved to combat early school leaving, strengthen the training chain, reduce the mismatch between supply and demand for skills in the area, and increase young people’s employment.
In Tuscany there are 25 PTPs, in 5 supply chains: Healthcare, Energy, Agribusiness, Tourism and cultural heritage, Mechanics, and Marine industry.
From 2015 to 2021, the Tuscany Region has invested about 2 million and 400 thousand euros for the development of the networks and the training offer.