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Equipping the Next Generation for Active Engagement in Science

Objective

The key to engaging the next generation to participate in scientific issues is to change how science is taught. Students gain an image of science as a body of content whereas RRI deals with uncertain areas of knowledge is uncertain, where values and argument matter as much as facts. The shift is hugely challenging. High stakes education systems marginalise teaching about the nature of science. The greater challenge is to help teachers develop the beliefs, knowledge and classroom practice for RRI teaching.. This requires adopting a more inquiry-based methodology, which gives students opportunity for self-expression and responsibility for coming to informed decisions. The literature demonstrates a poor record of success for attempts to build an RRI teaching force, and transformations generally occur with only small numbers.
ENGAGE synthesises contemporary models of professional learning and curriculum development. Going beyond training events, its three-stage path will propel teachers in their own inquiry to become expert with RRI. The path requires a first stage, Adopt, which achieves take-up on a massive scale. We use a proven approach to provide an easy entry into inquiry-based teaching. It combines science-in-the-news contexts with strategies from informal learning to get students talking. An online community of practice supports teacher reflection, while online courses and workshops add coaching and feedback. At the next stage, Adapt, they learn an expert’s toolkit of examples, explanations, anecdotes and activities to help students learn effectively, In the third step, Transform, open-ended Projects put teachers and students into partnership with practising scientists, to learn about RRI directly.
Our partners bring extensive track records in teacher development and curriculum design. Building on best practice from previous projects, we intend to influence 12,000 science teachers across Europe, and extend this to pre-service teachers and their trainers.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/inquiry based learning
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
Address
Howard Street City Campus
S1 1WB Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 642 459,18
Administrative Contact
Andrew Bullough (Mr.)

Participants (15)

HOGSKOLEN I VESTFOLD

Participation ended

Norway
Address
Raveien 197
3103 Tonsberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Slagsvold (Dr.)
HOGSKOLEN I BUSKERUD OG VESTFOLD

Participation ended

Norway
Address
Gronland 58 Papirnredden Drammen Kunnskapspark
3045 Drammen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Slagsvold (Dr.)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 193 357,50
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Whild (Mrs.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 117 701,21
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kathy Kikis-Papadakis (Dr.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 143 659,56
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franziska Müller (Ms.)
LATTANZIO LEARNING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 171 713,60
Address
Via Domenico Cimarosa 4
20144 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valerio Torda (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION TRACES THEORIES ET REFLEXIONS SUR L APPRENDRE LA COMMUNICATION ET L EDUCATION SCIENTIFIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 185 489,07
Address
Rue Des Balkans 23
75020 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Matteo Merzagora (Mr.)
UNIVERSITATEA VALAHIA TARGOVISTE
Romania
EU contribution
€ 103 243,21
Address
Bulevardul Regele Carol I 2
130024 Targoviste
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ionel Goglea (Mr.)
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 159 462,60
Address
Herzl Street 234
7610001 Rehovot
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Talia Tzahor (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 148 943,11
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Gutierrez (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I SOROST-NORGE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 169 030,51
Address
Kjolnes Ring 56
3918 Porsgrunn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Slagsvold (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 118 505
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patricia Osseweijer (Prof.)
DIRECTION DE L'INSTRUCTION PUBLIQUE, DE LA CULTURE ET DU SPORT- CANTON DE FRIBOURG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 137 065
Address
Rue De L'hopital 1
1701 Fribourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francine Pellaud (Prof.)
LIETUVOS EDUKOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 97 157,52
Address
Studentu 39
LT-08106 Vilnius
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dalius Dapkus (Dr.)
EDEX - EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE CORPORATION LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 88 450,93
Address
Makedonitisas Avenue 46
1700 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Evagorou (Dr.)