A bridge to migrants’ knowledge

Representation, Multimodality and Immersive technologies

Address the gap

The Augmented Assessment Project aims to address the gap that exists in assessing newly arrived migrant students’ prior knowledge in the fields of Science and Mathematics, by utilising augmented reality for assessment.

Augmented toolkit

From the collaboration between partners  an innovative augmented toolkit in the form of an online library has been developed to support the whole project.

Training courses

A training course for teachers that will equip them with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge for assessing newly arrived migrant students’ prior knowledge.

The situation

A challenging landscape

Language Proficiency

Monolingual policies in education

Despite the fact that Europe faces the challenge of the integration and the inclusion of newly arrived and other migrants, it seems that monolingual policies are reinforced in European education systems. Language proficiency in the dominant societal language arises as a key factor to schooling success. Several researchers across the world provide evidence and conclude that monolingual policies and practices affect students’ assessment and that language proficiency appears to affect negatively students’ results in subjects in which knowledge is not necessarily connected with the language, e.g. Science and Mathematics

Inherent limitations of the system

Lost in translation

it seems very likely that newly arrived migrants, who have extremely limited linguistic skills in the language of the host country, do not find the appropriate channels to communicate and express their knowledge to their teachers. If teachers and students had the opportunity to overcome that lack of communication, students’ knowledge would be more accurately assessed by educational professionals, and they would be placed in a grade level that matches their actual competence level.

Improving over the situation

Inclusion and diversity

Students will be more motivated to participate in the everyday classroom life and the inclusion of the migrant students will be smoother and easier for both students and teachers. This argument aligns with relevant research as identified challenges involve: teachers’ unpreparedness and/or lack of support to deal with diversity in the classroom; inappropriate grade placement; and language provision that is not adapted to the needs of students with a different mother tongue

The Solution

Augmented Reality

The project will address the above challenge by combining the representational tradition of Mathematics and Science with the multimodality that characterises immersive technologies

The response of the project is an approach which promotes assessment for inclusion, combining:
█ visual representations,
█ multimodal assessment and
█ immersive technologies
in the field of Science and Mathematics.

Who we are

The Partners

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