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.
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Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action