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University-school partnerships for the design and implementation of research-based ICT-enhanced modules on Material properties

Objective

The project aims to create a mechanism for integrating the results of science education research in school teaching practice for 10-15 year olds in the domain of Properties of Materials. We propose to set up local working groups consisting of researchers and experienced science teachers with the remit to design, implement and evaluate teaching modules in the following areas: materials around us: everyday applications of metals, ceramics, plastics and composite materials; mechanical properties of composite materials; thermal insulators and their properties; electro-luminescent materials; electromagnetic properties of materials; optical properties of materials and their application in telecommunications; chemical properties of materials.

The modules will utilize existing modelling and simulation tools (such as, Insight, ThermoLab, Stagecast Creator, Coach, Modelus, Virtual Laboratories) in order to achieve teaching approaches that adhere to the principles of inquiry based science, active student engagement and collaborative learning. The modules will include activity sequences and specific instruments and procedures for the evaluation of learning outcomes. Student assessment will place emphasis on the transfer of acquired knowledge and skills in contexts that were previously unfamiliar to the students.

An international steering committee of experts will monitor the process and will create generic guidelines for the design and evaluation of the modules. These generic guidelines will also serve as a useful template f or exchanging examples of successful practice and transferring expertise from one educational system to another.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-SCIENCE-AND-SOCIETY-16
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Address
75 Kallipoli Avenue
Nicosia
Cyprus

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
Address
Via Cinthia, Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo
Naples
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
Address
University Campus
Thessaloniki
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Yliopistonkatu 4
Helsinki
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Edifici A. Campus De La Uab
Bellaterra
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN MACEDONIA
Greece
Address
University Campus
Florina