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Welcome to the TICKLE-TOOLBOX!

In the TICKLE-TOOLBOX you'll find tools that have been created by seven teams in the context of a COMENIUS project (Lifelong Learning Programme). The TICKLE project developed tools that can help to raise intercultural competences of teacher trainees, teacher trainers and teachers. Seven European teacher training institutions worked together in the field of interculturalism in European class-rooms. The toolbox is made for teacher trainers. If you want to find out more about the project and its process go to the project site.


How to use the toolbox?

  • First of all you're invited to find out about the theoretical background of the toolbox. The framework describes topics like "concept of culture" or "interpretation of interculturalsim" briefly. This framework represents the common view on the topic of the whole TICKLE-Team.
  • You've got three posibilities to find your tools:
    1. You can use the search engine on top of the page.
    2. You can search the toolbox via the competences/keystones that you like to develop together with your teacher trainees (-> the model of competences is explained here).
    3. You can jump directly to the tools and explore them just by clicking around.



The theoretical framework

The tickle project is part of the Lifelong Learning Programme and is a Multilateral Comenius project with seven participating teacher Training Institutes and Universities in six countires. The mission of LLP 2007 – 2013 has the following specific objectives:
(a) to contribute to the development of quality lifelong learning, and to promote high performance, innovation and a European dimension in systems and practices in the
(b) to support the realisation of a European area for lifelong learning;
(c) to help improve the quality, attractiveness and accessibility of the opportunities for lifelong learning available within Member States;
(d) to reinforce the contribution of lifelong learning to social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, gender equality and personal fulfilment;
(e) to help promote creativity, competitiveness, employability
and the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit;
(f) to contribute to increased participation in lifelong learning by people of all ages, including those with special needs and disadvantaged groups, regardless of their socio-economic background;
(g) to promote language learning and linguistic diversity;
(h) to support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning;
(i) to reinforce the role of lifelong learning in creating a sense of European citizenship based on understanding and respect for human rights and democracy, and encouraging tolerance and respect for other peoples and cultures;
(j) to promote cooperation in quality assurance in all sectors of education and training in Europe;
(k) to encourage the best use of results, innovative products and processes and to exchange good practice in the fields covered by the Lifelong Learning Programme, in order to improve the quality of education and training.
The aim of LLLP is to reach the most competitive and dynamic economy of the world with qualitative better jobs and a higher level of social cohesion. Our Tickle project is to enhance this higher level of intercultural cohesion through education. In education the highest level of social cohesion is to be seen in inclusion as seen in the Salamanca statement.








The areas of competences of the TICKLE Toolbox
The concept is put on competence-oriented and is based on systemic- constructivist basic acceptances. The education of the teacher trainees orientates itself by principles like process orientation, need orientation, orientation of experience, resource orientation and own responsibility. Contents of the education standards are not processed according to curriculum, but arise from the need and the process.
For the introduction to our concept we show our understanding of competence development, from systemic-constructivist attempts and intercultural competence.