Participants in a VALIANT Virtual Exchange have published online an Open Source handbook entitled “Key challenges and strategies for new teachers“.
In this Virtual Exchange, pre-service and in-service teachers from the different countries (Turkey, Spain, Ireland, Cyprus, Germany, UAB, Belgium, and Bulgaria) worked collaboratively to identify, discuss, and come up with strategies for key topics that novice teachers face as they move into the workforce.
The work that is presented here aims to be a reflection from teachers on the greatest challenges of education today, as identified by them. Despite the focus on challenges, all of the chapters underscore an awareness that education can play a key role in confronting the multiple seemingly existential problems facing the world today. The chapters are also imbued with brimming enthusiasm and encourage that it is possible to tackle these issues and that it is through online communities such as these, through dialogue and collaboration, that solutions can be found.