48 classes will take part in the project: 16 classes in the United Kingdom, 16 classes in Germany and 16 classes in Italy.
More than 1000 children and several dozen teachers will be involved.
An online platform from 2017-18 will enable communication and contact across the countries so that participants can share experiences.
SHARMED participation will require children to take into class a photograph of some personal memories they would like to share with their
schoolmates. In SHARMED Children’s memories will take the form of narratives of past events and situations. These narratives can give
meaning to children’s I-identity (memory of the self) and We-identity (collective memory, e.g. family memory, national memory, ethnic
memory). The meaning of identity represents the connection between children’s memory and children’s present life. So the question is:
what memories are important in children’s present life? The answer will be analysed in the interplay of personal narratives and interactional
constructions of narratives in classrooms.
Open questions will allow for dialogue, sharing and learning in the classroom, SHARMED will adapt its approach for each specific class.
To participate, children and their parents are asked to fill a questionnaire in May and June 2016 which will give a background picture to their
social context. The results will be evaluated in 2017 through a further questionnaire at the end to participating classes. Other classes will function as control groups and be used to validate the results.
A dialogue with the participating pupils – in the form of focus groups – and teachers – in the form of interviews – at the end of the activities
will make it possible for SHARMED to improve its mechanisms to foster intercultural, dialogic learning.
A central aim of SHARMED is to support teachers with specific digital materials as well as two intensive one-day-workshop (one in 2016, one 2018). in managing diverse classrooms. All SHARMED activities will be led by trained facilitators.
Below you will find a flyer summarizing the project.