Research & Development:
Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy:
Since 2017, YTT has been developing, in partnership with YTT Research Director Professor Paola Perucchini and her team at the Department of Education Sciences of Roma Tre University, the YTT Educational Programs/Toolkits, that have been researched, constructed and adapted specifically to and for the Italian educational system. Designed to instruct, teach and foster human-rights, anti-discrimination practice, inclusion and equality to over 250,000 Italian school children by 2025. Beginning in February 2019, our first Roma Tre/YTT trained school teachers initiated the YTT 5-month program to over 200 5th-grade children from five elementary schools in Rome:
(1) Istituto Comprensivo Artemisia Gentileschi Primary School.
(2) Istituto Comprensivo Simonetta Salacone Primary School.
(3) Istituto Comprensivo Nando Martellini Primary School.
(4) Istituto Comprensivo Stefanelli Primary School.
(5) Istituto San Giovanni Bosco delle FMA School.
To evaluate the effects of this educational program on pupils’ prejudice (and so capacity for empathy), a pilot assessment study was conducted. 99 participants were divided into experimental and control groups. Explicit and implicit prejudice were evaluated with standardized tests (Pirchio et al., 2018). Preliminary results show a reduction of implicit prejudice in the experimental group and a reduction of explicit prejudice for both groups, revealing extremely high positive-impact conclusions.
Presentation of the YTT educational program, in Italian, currently underway at Istituto Comprensivo Artemisia Gentileschi Primary School. Teacher : Maria Catalano.
From the beginning of the new school year (September 2019), YTT/Roma Tre University continue to develop these programs with over 15 new Roma Tre/YTT trained school teachers implementing our programs to several hundred Italian school-children in the coming months, as well as proposing the Italian version of the YTT toolkit “Exploring the World Around Us” to teachers in both public and private primary schools across the country. Simultaneously to the on-going implementation of the YTT programs into the Italian schools system, Professor Paola Perucchini and her team are also part of YTT’s continual research and development of our different educational mixed methodology programs/toolkits for our focused areas in Southern Europe, the Balkans, the MENA & Eastern Africa regions.
Professor Paola Perucchini was recently in Bruges to publish and present our research at the 29th EDEN Annual International Conference for scholars, practitioners and educational experts to discuss the issues of connecting through educational technology to produce effective learning environments.
YTT Published Research : Bryan McCormack, Paola Perucchini, Maria Gaetana Catalano, Fridanna Maricchiolo, Roma Tre University, Italy : “Yesterday-TodayTomorrow : A program on migration/human-rights”. Published by the European Distance and E-Learning Network and supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The 29th EDEN Annual International Conference YTT Research Presentation
In parallel, YTT continues to expand it’s inclusion educational research becoming part of Inclusive Memory Studies, headed-by Antonella Poce, associate Professor in experimental pedagogy and head of the post graduate master course in Advanced Studies in Museum Education. The YTT research approach, advocates the building of common shared social memory realized through museum based social inclusive systems, including innovative strategy for social inclusion, derived from the creation of the YTT teaching methodology, developing cross sectional competences in both museum professionals and museum visitors.
YTT Inclusive Memory Workshop
YTT Research Director Professor Paola Perucchini and her team, along with our inhouse YTT researcher continually analyze and code all the refugee/migrant drawings that constitute the YTT Refugee/Migrant Cultural Heritage Visual Database. Studying several aspects of each drawing i.e. age, gender, ethnicity, drawing-content, graphic features, colors, symbols, the identiﬁcation of pictorial elements, etc., to build an open historical/scientiﬁc/cultural/academic visual platform/archive for the positive educational development and progression of humanity and as the base structure for our different educational programs.