The COGEPS Project's Training Objectives on the Initial Training of Teachers Issues (IFMES) in Geneva

  • to analyse and assess one's actions in order to lead them according to one's experience with the help of work achieved during one's initial training. The aim is to develop one's capacity to understand a given situation, to decide and act upon one's choices, to take risks and recognise one's errors, to be able to ask for help and to identify one's training needs;

  • to implement the program and curriculum decided by school authorities and at the same time to be able to be autonomous in its application by exerting both criticism and responsibility;

  • to have full respect for pupils' development needs and to integrate ethical dimensions into one's professional activity;

  • to take upon oneself the educational dimension of the school - by integrating and understanding the ethical issues underlying teaching practices and contents: particular attention has to be given to possible cultural exclusion processes due to teacher, institution and society prejudices;

  • to master one's field or speciality by being able to transpose one's disciplinary knowledge and skills into settings that help pupils to learn by doing - this means that teachers have to have a keen knowledge of the particular didactic issues bound to a specific subject matter;

  • to make a practical use of the results of educational sciences especially in the realm of trans-disciplinary approaches applied to pedagogic projects: those are of particular interest in the construction, the assessment and management of pedagogical settings (evaluation, pedagogic differentiation, learning methodology, etc.);

  • to be able to enhance one's relational resources within the institutional setting - with both pupils and colleagues - by working on one's emotional and affective states;

  • to use knowledgeably and with a critical eye the tools of information and communication technologies;

  • to develop team-work, the ability to collaborate with colleagues and take part in common innovative projects.

May 1998 (p. 22)

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