Who Conducts The Orchestra
The main aim of the WCO-project is to develop useful methods for the collaboration between teachers, educational staff and parents. The project wish to create greater awareness of the importance of parents’ active engagement in their children’s education by engaging parents, teachers and educational staff in the project from the beginning and taking its point of departure in their tangible needs.
The project period is from October 2019-October 2021.
The primary target
groups are teachers and
educational staff who work
with pupils from 6 to 9 years
old, as the project wish to foster
a good collaboration with parents
from the beginning of the pupil’s
school-life. The secondary target group
is the parents or carers of the children.
The end target is the children themselves, with the
project endeavouring to provide the best condition
to enable children to thrive intheir social and
The project will:
Conduct qualitative focus
group interviews with parents,
teachers and educational staff across
the five partner countries to identify good
practices as well as challenges and needs.
The project will develop a report based on the
findings in each partner country.
The report will serve as the point of departure for the development
of the WCO methodology. This way, the project aim to meet the
current needs of the target groups. The methods will be available on an
online platform, where a profound introduction to what we call: “the four
fundamentals” in children’s life: morality, self-control, relationship and environment
will be displayed.
The project will develop a handbook that introduces to the methodology and guide teachers and educational
staff in how to use the online platform. The methodology and handbook will be tested and evaluated by the target
groups, where after any improvements will be incorporated prior to the official launching of the project outcomes.
Test phase and events
Twenty-five teachers and
educational staff, and fifty
parents will test the methodology
and online platform across the
United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Spain
and Denmark. The test phase will begin
in February 2021 and last until May 2021.
Furthermore, two events will be held in each
country, where experts will share their knowledge
regarding school-parent collaboration, upbringing of
children, and/or the four fundamentals. At these events, the
project will be introduced too.
In Vejle (Denmark) Municipality, SSP leader Helle Brynaa has created a transdisciplinary education for professionals working with children and adolescents. The education is based on the Situational Action Theory (SAT) developed by P.O. Wikström, Professor of Ecological and Developmental Criminology, Cambridge University
(see also: https://www.cac.crim.cam.ac.uk/resou/sat).
In short, the SAT-theory emphasises on the importance of morality, self-control, relationships and environments for a child’s behaviour and likelihood of committing a crime. While the SAT-theory mainly focuses on crime prevention, the SSP team Vejle has found that these four fundamentals are crucial for the general well-being and development of children. This project strives to create greater awareness about the four fundamentals for professionals and parents.
Morality is about making choices and acting according to what we believe is right, consistent with our convictions (freedom, responsibility) and the rules and values of the society that hosts us (respect, rule of law). A persons’ moral development begins in childhood, primarily by mirroring parents/caretakers behaviour.
Self-control is the ability to exercise restraint over one’s impulses, thoughts, emotions or desires in a short and longtime perspective. Learning self-control starts from childhood through the development of emotional and social skills: understanding and control of emotions, resistance to temptation, tolerance to frustration, perseverance. Practice and experience make it possible to develop self-control. Self-control learning is facilitated by a caring environment and requires the support of teachers and parents.
A persons relations to other people, e.g. parents, family, friends. It is important to have good and healthy relationships to stay resilient to e.g. criminality and do well in life. Good and caring relationships make a child feel respected and appreciated, without good and trustful relationship, a child may compromise their moral believes and self-control in order to belong somewhere (e.g. to certain groups).
The setting that people engage in on a daily basis (live in, work in, go to school in etc.), it is both the social and physical environment around a person. According to the SAT theory, the importance of the environment for the child’s development is not as vital as morality, self-control and relations. In other words, if a child has a high moral, a high level of self-control and good relations, a child is more resilient towards e.g. the criminality or bad behaviour that they may be exposed to in certain areas.
Who Conducts the Orchestra- project takes its point of departure in a book of the same name written by Helle Brynaa (In Danish: Hvem Styrer Orkestret). In the book, you can read about the four fundamentals: morality, self-control, relations and environment. The importance they play in children’s lives, and tangible ways to work with the fundamentals in practice.
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