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SPIŠSKÁ KAPITULA/RUŽOMBEROK - Researchers, policy makers and teachers of the study subject Informatics in secondary schools interested in gender equality met on September 7th–9th, 2010 in Spišská Kapitula, where took place an International Scientific Conference entitled Synergy Development between Policy and Praxis on Technology Enhanced Learning from a Gender Perspective (http://predil.ku.sk/). Conference organizers were the Catholic University in Ružomberok, Faculty of Education and project coordinator FORTH/IACM (Greece). More information on project partners.

According to project coordinator at CU in Ružomberok Ján Gunčaga: "The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the fastest growing sectors in the global economy, where the EU strives to become a dominant player in this field. Kathy Kikis-Papadakis, the main coordinator of the project, on the importance of research in this field adds that: "A skilled workforce is essential but at present the ICT sector suffers from under-representation of women, which results in a significant loss of talent of the workforce and secondly it leads to direct economic consequences for women who are excluded from well-paid positions in this area."

Project PREDIL (Promoting Equality in Digital Literacy) examines how the methods of teaching based on gender-sensitive methods may give rise to the increase of quality of educational measures and in motivation to work in the ICT sector; highlights the project researcher Peter Nemec, who is also the organizer of the conference. The aim of the project is the equal access of women in acquiring competences for living and working in digital age. Project target groups are teachers in secondary schools who use ICT for teaching and students of secondary schools and universities, using current technology for learning in the curriculum.

The project intention is to map existing teaching methods with regard to gender in the application of ICT in curricula and thus develop supporting tools for teachers. With ICT implementation it is possible to foster student’s better understanding of the curriculum as well as deepen the ICT knowledge and further education in this field. Among guests who accepted an invitation to the conference belongs Mr. Boulier Jean-Michael, representative of the European Commission and Director of Comenius programme. The Prime Minister of SR Iveta Radičová took patronage of the scientific event. Presentation and comparison of results from participated EU Member Countries are accessible at http://predil.ku.sk/index.php/en.

Miroslav Volček, Peter Nemec
Written by Mgr. Vladimír Buzna    Last Updated (Saturday, 18 September 2010 12:11)