Emotional education in schools in times of crisis / ECTE / GR

In the last thirty years, the Greek primary education program has included goals to promote pupils’ emotional education beyond those of their cognitive development. However, there is no clear evidence that these objectives are actually applied consistently in classrooms with positive outcomes for students (Kontogiannis et al., 1998). The “tight” curriculum and the lack of social support mechanisms have helped to make their achievement highly dependent on teachers’ sensitivity and willingness, their personality and their ability to manage everyday problems.

The difficulties have increased in recent years due to the economic crisis, which has greatly contributed to the emotional burden of children in the family environment, and discourages the development of initiatives by teachers to apply emotional goals beyond those imposed by the formal teaching program. Teachers’ practices and attitudes have changed in recent years, as the economic crisis has affected their willingness and ingenuity to implement goals for the emotional development of their students.

Thus, in times of crisis, the teacher is called upon to show exaggerated zeal to overcome difficulties, overcome any constraints imposed by the formal teaching program and focus on the emotional education of his students. It is required to respond to the particular needs of students, to provide more and more opportunities to become more imaginative in the application of new practices and methods aimed at the emotional education of their students.

These were the conclusions of the two seminars held at the European Center for Training for Employment (ECTE) as part of the DREAM (Development and Run-test of an Educational Affective Model). Twenty-eight teachers from 14 primary schools (kindergartens, kindergartens and primary schools) of the city of Rethymno participated in the parades. DREAM is a program implemented within Erasmus +, which aims to create a training model whereby teachers will inspire the passion for learning and the joy of creation in classrooms, and students will be happy and free to express, discover and create.

The DREAM project team is composed of Mr. Kostas Androulakis, ECTE European Program Manager, Mrs. Argyroula Kalaitzaki, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, TEI of Crete, Director of the Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Quality of Life and ECTE Scientific Associate and Ms Eleni Liakou, Psychologist, European Program Manager and ECTE Advisory Counselor.

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