Educational Common Spaces. Passing through enclosures and reversing inequalities ’ — ‘SMOOTH’
About the project
The project introduces the emerging paradigm of The Commons and The Educational Commons as an alternative system of values and action in the field of education for children and young people. The project seeks to critically review, propose and test the consequences of a focus on The Commons for education and for social change, on the basis of equivalence, participation, togetherness, caring and freedom. Social inclusion is an area of focus in the project. It will be studied in relation to whether and how a focus on The Commons in education can act as a catalyst for creating an equitable education for all children and young people.
Different methods will be examined: Pedagogical documentation, project work, pedagogy for active listening, ethnography and discourse analysis and their importance in an innovative action programme for and with children and young people to:
a. equalise unequal conditions faced by children from vulnerable social groups;
b. strengthen intercultural and generational dialogue and social inclusion;
c. develop vital social and personal skills for children and adults;
d. create flexible spaces for democratic citizenship and experiment with new ways of thinking and making equivalence, cooperation, collective creativity, participation and thoughtfulness;
e. building and promoting society through differences.
The project is constituted by an interdisciplinary network of 11 universities and research laboratories, and over 50 municipalities, NGOs, museums and youth organisations in different countries. The members of this network will collectively explore how a focus on the public and common can contribute to the achievement of the above objectives. Specifically, a series of case studies at different training sites will be conducted to seek to address existing gaps in educational equity and achieve active social inclusion of vulnerable children and young people.
The broad aim of the project is to develop the multidisciplinary analysis in the project in such a way as to provide stakeholders and policymakers with innovative ideas and for developing policies and practices that are better able to engage children and adults in creating a safer and more resilient economic, political and social model in Europe.