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Community - Care is an international pilot project devoted to develop a community oriented curriculum for training field practice teachers of social work educational programs. Our curriculum philosophy is based on community care approach which can be characterised by three notions: community, inclusion and empowerment. Our project targets field practice teachers who work at social services which provide services mainly for members and families of excluded social groups affected by unemployment, poverty, racial discrimination, low educational attainment, isolation from institutions and social networks. This type of social work involves assessing community needs and resources, making connections between socially excluded groups and local institutions, strengthening inclusion mechanisms, and empowering the excluded groups. Our new training design improves field practice teachers' competence to cope with problems that stem from social exclusion and to provide more adequate mentoring and guidance for students in field placement. This program is also a form of continuous vocational training for our field practice teachers.

Our project is financed by the European Commission under the Leonardo da Vinci Community Vocational Training Action Proramme.

Our Project Consortium consists of ten European partners from eight countries (Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Rumania, and Sweden). It is rather heterogeneous regarding the forms of social problems, the level of development of social services and education. Besides old, respectful universities, our partnership also involves new education programs and young colleagues. Field placement institutions for students in social higher education are also included in the project, moreover, they have a significant role, as they represent the interests of the users (field practice teachers and social workers).

About Community - Care

The "Community Care Approach: A Strategy for Social Inclusion" project is a Leonardo da Vinci pilot project developed by a partnership which consists of ten partners: University of Debrecen (promoter, Hungary), Catholic University Kempen (Belgium), EUROTRAINING (Bulgaria), Catholic University of applied Sciences Northrine-Westphalia (Germany), Public University of Navarra (Spain), Széchenyi University of Győr (Hungary), Family Aid and Child Welfare Service of Hajdúhadház Municipiality (Hungary), Vilnius University (Lithuania), Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), City of Solna (Sweden).

The partnership is going to develop a community oriented curriculum for training field practice teachers. Our curriculum philosophy is based on community care approach which can be characterised by three notions: community, inclusion and empowerment. Our project targets field practice teachers who work at social services which provide services mainly for members and families of excluded social groups affected by unemployment, poverty, racial discrimination, low educational attainment, isolation from institutions and social networks. This type of social work involves assessing community needs and resources, making connections between socially excluded groups and local institutions, strengthening inclusion mechanisms, and empowering the excluded groups. Our new training design improves field practice teachers' competence to cope with problems that stem from social exclusion and to provide more adequate mentoring and guidance for students in field placement. This program is also a form of continuous vocational training for our field practice teachers.

The partnership will complete a whole curriculum development process. In the course of planning this project we assessed needs in the sectors concerned, and the project design was based on these results. Therefore, during the curriculum development process we will devise 6 partially different curricula on the basis of the needs of target groups in the partner countries. In the course of the curriculum development we create learning materials (collection of studies), try a new method (blended learning), learn about new methods in partner institutions, which contributes to the continuous training of not only field practice teachers, but also teachers of social higher education courses. The process of curriculum development will end with the testing of the curriculum (pilot training and field practice projects of students of the training). This will ensure the quality of the project results, which is a novelty in itself for some institutions in the partnership.

New orientation makes it necessary to develop new educational methodology, based on the introduction of the methodology of active and co-operative learning such as problem-based, project-based, reflective, constructive learning, etc.

Our consortium, which consists of 10 partners from 8 countries (Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Rumania, and Sweden), is rather heterogeneous regarding the forms of social problems, the level of development of social services and education. Besides old, respectful universities, our partnership also involves new education programs and young colleagues. Field placement institutions for students in social higher education are also included in the project, moreover, they have a significant role, as they represent the interests of the users (field practice teachers and social workers). Representatives of the users will form the group, which will evaluate the professional aspects of the curriculum development.

Our valorisation strategy, which involves a wide range of methods, has been designed to meet the needs of the users. It addresses decision makers in the social and higher education sectors, social services that provide field placement for students in social higher education programs, social higher education, forums of social professions and non-professionals who show interest in the results of our project.

The social work profession has become more and more international for the past 20 years. We intend to further this process with our project.