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TITLE OF GOOD PRACTICE:

« VISTOP » project 2006 – 2008
“Violence In Schools Training Online Project”
VISTOP logo : a blue hand meaning “stop!” with a thumb in the form of a bird head which remind us our dove of peace (see website).

KEYWORDS:

Bullying, violence, school, online training courses, teachers, parents, policy makers, international project

GOOD PRACTICE TYPOLOGY:

Transnational Project

TARGET GROUPS:

School actors and public authorities

WORKING GROUP COORDINATING THE INITIATIVE:

European Comenius Project
5 partners

COUNTRY WHERE IT TOOK PLACE:

5 EU countries, but the training is aimed at countries worldwide.

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

DEFINITION OF TARGET GROUP:

Parents, Policy Makers, Teachers, School Directors, police, comunal authorities.

DESCRIPTION OF THE GOOD PRACTICE:

5 partners :


  • Centre for Educational Research (zepf), University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany), project coordinator


  • Infoart, Plodiv (Bulgaria)


  • Department of Psychology, Cordoba University (Spain)


  • Anti-Bullying Centre, School of Education,Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)


  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)



Objectives



The project assumed that mere information is no substitute for guidance, well structured courses or learning processes. The VISTOP project therefore combined well-researched information on school bullying and violence with a structured online learning environment which supports the learning process.

The overall objective of the VISTOP project was to develop, test and provide online courses on school bullying and violence. The project’s online courses aimed at those groups which play a crucial role in the process of tackling school bullying and violence such as teachers, parents and policy makers. However, the courses are open to anyone who is interested in the topic of school bullying and violence.


The VISTOP online courses 

The programme granted by the EU offers teaching units on the theme of school « bullying ».

The VISTOP teaching materials have been designed in a multimedia way for three target groups: the teachers, the parents and the responsible persons of the police services, the school administration and the township.



The VISTOP project provides three online courses, one for each of the project’s main target groups: teachers, parents and policy makers.

The courses promote a whole school approach that has proved to be amongst the most effective activities tackling school bullying and violence.

The online courses include:



•An introduction into the topic of school bullying and violence

•Well researched information on the whole school approach

•Forums that give users the opportunity to exchange views with other learners

•Links to additional resources that help to continue and deepen the learning experience.


The VISTOP online courses were made available in two alternative versions:



•Three moderated online courses in which learners are supported by a team of tutors.

•Three self-directed courses that aimed at individual learners.

While the three moderated courses were held within the project’s lifetime the self-directed courses remain online as a sustainable outcome of the VISTOP project.

The online courses base on well-grounded grounded texts and materials that resulted from the EU-funded VISTA project as well as further resources that support the learning process.




Teachers’course   

Participation at this online course is free of charge.

The course’s URL: http://www.vistop.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=16

Course Title :

Managing School, Violence and Bullying

Expected time involvement of students :

Approximately 30 hours

The pathway includes :

•needs analysis;

•information on current research and practice about violence reduction and prevention;

•activities on conflict resolution, mediation, peer support, and strategies for improving the school and classroom climate;

•video-clips illustrating issues and interventions; and

•links to useful websites

Overview of modules :

Module 1: Understanding the definitions and context of school violence

Module 2: The Whole-School Community Approach

Module 3: Conducting a needs analysis: preparing for change

Module 4: Conducting a needs analysis: consultation and evaluation

Module 5: Children Helping Children

Module 6: Creating an emotionally literate school

Module 7: School bullying and violence: The role of the Internet




Parents’course   

Participation at this online course is free of charge.

The course’s URL:http://www.vistop.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=12

Course Title :

Coping with School Violence and Bullying.

Expected time involvement of students :

Approximately 24-30 hours

Course description and learning objectives :

The pathway includes:

•information on current research and practice about violence reduction and prevention;

•activities on conflict resolution, mediation, peer support;

•restorative approaches in schools;

•links to useful websites

The course looks at different aspects of bullying in the school and aims to provide the student with an understanding of the definition and context of school violence.

The course equips the student with an understanding of the processes involved when embedding the whole school approach to violence in the school. The course outlines restorative approaches to bullying in schools and highlights the benefits of peer mediation in the school.

Overview of modules :

Module 1: Understanding the definition and context of school violence

Module 2: Whole School Community Approach

Module 3: Working with parents

Module 4: Dealing with indiscipline and disruption

Module 5: Children Helping Children : Peer Support

Module 6: Restorative approaches in schools

Module 7: School bullying and violence: The role of the Internet

Requirements for students :

The student can undertake the seven self-study modules within an open time frame. The student should allocate between 4-10 hours per week for the course. There is a number of exercises included in each module which the student can complete in his/her own time. There is also a number of reflective exercises which will encourage the student to consider the modules content..




 Policy Makers’course 

Participation at this online course is free of charge.

The course’s URL: http://www.vistop.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=7

Course Title :

Coping with school violence and bullying.

Expected time involvement of students :

Approximately 24 hours

Course description and learning objectives :

The course has been developed for policy makers interested in developing their understanding of the problem of school violence and bullying and in having enough resources for its management.

By attending this course, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on what they think about school violence and ways of dealing with it.

With the help of scientific research, national and international experts, and their peers, they will improve their competence to contribute effectively to policies and educational procedures related to school violence and the building of a democratic convivencia 1.

The structure and methodology of the courses are designed for encouraging the participants in constructive and significant learning to consolidate what they have learned in the day to day work of the policy makers.

Overview of modules :

Module 1: Definition, context and knowledge of School violence

Module 2: A Whole School Approach 1

Module 3: A Whole School Approach 2

Module 4: Responsibilities and rights

Module 5: Managing and evaluating change

Module 6: Preventive and Integrative Practice

Module 7: Coping with school bullying and violence using the Internet

Module 8: Cyberbullying

Requirements for students :

Participants are invited to carry out different types of tasks and activities. Among them, ‘getting ready’, in which they can read a scientific text; ‘Organising new concepts’, in which they can analyse the new information obtained; ‘Thinking about the issue’, in which they will find the utility of the new information etc.

RESULTS:

Example: amongst the teachers concerned, the project counts 30 persons enrolled for the courses instead of the 20 participants planned, the demand is very high. The participants live in Great Britain, in Romania, in Ireland, in Spain, in Poland, in Germany, in Cyprus and in Japan.

INDICATORS:

Definition of bullying or cyberbullying, Detection protocol, Intervention protocol, Help-line/counseling, Parent training/meetings, Teacher training, Whole-school anti-bullying policy, Peer support.

EVALUATION:

The strong points of this project are both the international dimension of the activities and the free access to online courses in different languages. pages

REFERENCES TO OTHER EVALUATION:

Project website and logo:
http://www.vistop.org/

NAME OF COMPILER:

Martine PRIGNON

NAME OF INSTITUTION:

INFOREF

ROLE:

Project realization

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