TRACON

For Admission

Course Code: CC1191213
Starts: 01 December, 2014
Duration : 3 weeks, 9 hours/week
Instructors: Panos Milios
Email : cc119@dgelearn.com

traconIntroduction

TRACON e-course is based on the products and results of the TRACON E.U. funded project and aims to provide training in basic consumer education issues and promote the acquisition of key teaching competences.  The course is based on both theoretical and practical activities and uses current consumer education literature to advance knowledge and practice among trainees.  Moreover, the course will help trainees develop their knowledge on modern trends of consumerism such as the ecological perspective of consumption.

Course Description

TRACON e-course includes nine (9) distinct e-units which are completed on a weekly basis. Each e-unit examines how contemporary consumer education principles can help improve the quality of consumer education for all students.  The focus of the course is healthy eating and the media and their significant role in shaping rational consumer attitudes and behaviours among children and adolescents.  Trainees also consider the role ecology and the environment play in developing eco-friendly consumers.  They learn to design lesson plans on a variety of issues as well as to search and use electronic educational resources.  At the beginning, TRACON e-course examines and explains the ‘eco-caring’ perspective of consumer education.  Using a series of examples based on the literature, it discusses how the idea of rational consumerism contributes to the quality of teaching practice and the improvement of specific life skills of young people.  Then, the course refers to two consumer related projects and discusses ideas and approaches for teaching practice.  Finally, the course examines how consumer education current ideas can be incorporated to school learning process.  The course familiarizes trainees with topics related to consumerism through an up-to-date review of the literature.

Upon completion of this course, trainees will be able to:

  1. Understand, critically examine and interpret relevant theory, research and evidence based practice with regard to consumer education.
  2. Develop a comprehensive understanding of different approaches in the learning context of the school and classroom.
  3. Recognize and interpret the impact of consumer education in children’s and adolescent’s psychosocial skills.

Additionally, trainees will practice the following key transferable skills:

  1. Readingand writing
  2. Self-evaluation
  3. IT skills (word processing, accessing electronic databases and using library facilities).
  4. Critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis of current literature.

Target Group

Primary and secondary school teachers, Education undergraduate/postgraduate students, Community workers, Consumer education teachers, Home economics teachers

Teaching and Learning Methods

TRACON e-course is delivered using a variety of methods including basic reading of relevant literature, commenting and responding to questions, lesson plan designing, self-check learning, using the internet and electronic teaching resources (i.e. TRACON’s project web site).  Trainees will be required to work independently.

Learning Hours

TRACON e-course sessions: 9 weekly (estimated study hours: 3 per session)
TRACON e-test 2 hours
Total estimated hours for course completion 30 hours

Prior Knowledge Requirements

Basic knowledge of general education issues

Assessment

Assessment of overall learning will be achieved through the completion of the 9 e-course weekly units: 8 units will involve assignments and shelf-checking activities and 1 unit will require Tracon material reading and responding to a multiple choice e-test of 20 questions.

Recommented Reading

Benn, J. (2002).  Consumer education: educational considerations and perspectives.  International Journal of Consumer Studies, 26, 169-176.

Benn, J. (2004). Consumer education between ‘consumership’ and citizenship: experiences from studies of young people. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 28(2), 108–116.

Costarelli, V., Antonopoulou, K. & Mavrovounioti, Ch.(2011). Psychosocial characteristics in relation to disordered eating attitudes in Greek Adolescents. European Eating Disorders Review, 19, 322-330.

Tufte, B. (2004). Children, media and consumption. Young Consumers: Insight and Ideas for Responsible Marketers, 5(1), 69 – 76.

TRACON (2013). Approaching consumer education at school anew: a review of the literature. Unpublished theoretical material for the teacher developed by the project team.

Evaluation

Trainees will be asked to fill in an evaluation form rating TRACON e-course and stating the degree of their satisfaction with the course.

Certification

In order to obtain certification, trainees are required to undergo the online assessment. Trainees are expected to finish within 3 months after the beginning date. Successful graduates will be awarded a certificate issued from Tracon’s Project Coordinator at Harokopio University, Athens.

General Information

All the participants will be informed every 3 months by electronic Newsletter on courses, seminars, activities, books, articles. etc. related with the course they have attended.

Course Contents 

Week 1:

Session1. The ‘eco-caring’ perspective of consumer education

The purpose of this unit is to help trainees understand the ‘eco-caring’ perspective of consumer education. It defines “eco-centred or eco-caring teacher and pupil” and it discusses the implications of modern consumer education approaches in terms of educational decisions and school practice.  Moreover, this unit gives trainees the opportunity to design “eco-caring” cross-thematic lesson plans.

Reading Material:

Benn, J. (2002).  Consumer education: educational considerations and perspectives.  International Journal of Consumer Studies, 26, 169-176.

The power point with the key points of the above paper for shelf-checking purposes.

Session 2. The meaning of rational consumerism

The purpose of this unit is to help trainees differentiate between the concept of consumerism and the concept of citizenship, identify common grounds between these concepts and understand the meaning of rational consumer behaviours.  In this unit trainees will have the opportunity to practice skills such as simple mind map using and data presentation techniques.

Reading Material:

Benn, J. (2004). Consumer education between ‘consumership’ and citizenship: experiences from studies of young people. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 28(2), 108–116.

The power point with the key points of the above paper for shelf-checking purposes.

Session 3. The role of media in shaping consumer behaviour

The purpose of this unit is to help trainees identify the main sources of influence in child understanding of commercials and decision making and understand the role of teaching in child responsible media use.  In this unit trainees will get information about European educational programmes on the use of media for children.

Reading Material:

Tufte, B. (2004). Children, media and consumption. Young Consumers: Insight and Ideas for Responsible Marketers, 5(1), 69 – 76.

The power point with the key points of the above paper for shelf-checking purposes.

Week 2:

Session 1. Educaunet & SAFT

The purpose of this unit is to familiarize trainees with European educational programmes on the use of media for children and adolescents.

Reading Material:

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/projects/completed/awareness/educaunet/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/projects/completed/awareness/saft/index_en.htm

Session 2. Lesson plans for the topic of the role of media in consumer behaviours

The purpose of this unit is to help trainees design some lesson plans for the topic of consumerism and the media. In this unit trainees will get information about a variety of teaching resources and ideas.

Reading Material:

http://www.tracon-project.eu/imported/files/docs/Training_Material/eLearning/Tracon_PLAN_OF_ACTIVITIES_Final.pdf

Session 3. Eating behaviour and psychosocial development in young people

The purpose of this unit is to help trainees understand the relationship between healthy eating and psychosocial development in young people. The unit discusses the rope of school in shaping positive eating attitudes among students as well as the influence of food related factors to the overall development of young people.

Reading Material:

Costarelli, V., Antonopoulou, K. & Mavrovounioti, Ch. (2011). Psychosocial characteristics in relation to disordered eating attitudes in Greek Adolescents. European Eating Disorders Review, 19, 322-330.

The power point with the key points of the above paper for shelf- checking purposes.

Week 3:

Session 1. Lesson plans for the topic of healthy food

The purpose of this unit is to help trainees design some lesson plans for the topic of healthy. In this unit trainees will get information about a variety of teaching resources and ideas.

Reading Material:

http://www.tracon-project.eu/imported/files/docs/Training_Material/eLearning/Tracon_PLAN_OF_ACTIVITIES_Final.pdf

Session 2. TRACON and school curriculum

The purpose of this unit is to help trainees understand how to use TRACON resources for a variety of teaching purposes.

Reading Material:

http://www.tracon-project.eu/imported/files/docs/Training_Material/eLearning/Tracon_PLAN_OF_ACTIVITIES_Final.pdf

Session 3. Approaching consumer education at school anew-Overall e-testing

The purpose of this unit is to familiarize trainees with additional theoretical issues in relation to consumer education and teaching. The unit involves reading and e-testing.

Reading Material:

http://www.tracon-project.eu/imported/files/docs/Training_Material/Teachers/Teachers_training__Basic_material.pdf

Cost and Terms

You may participate in the e-learning training under the terms and by selecting one of the following options:

a)Access only to the training material of  the course (without participating in any other training procedure)

Course material cost:

€15.00 Add to cart


b)

Full access to the training material and to all training procedure, which include:

  • Personal tutoring
  • Tests
  • Evaluation of the tests and recommendations of the instructor on a personal basis
  • Live communication between participants and instructors (forum, live chat, voice call)
  • Communication among participants
  • Final e-testing
  • Certification of the successful completion of the course

Course cost,
For individual participation:

€75.00 Add to cart

For group participation:

For 2 – 4 persons 5% less for each

For 5 – 10 persons 10% less for each

For group participation please contact us.