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Hands-on science teaching: combining formal and informal science learning

Objective

Science centres have been pioneering with hands-on learning and teaching in Europe during the last decades. The multidiscipline contents of modern science centre exhibitions are large and unique forming a reliable learning source. Now, a network of eight science centres is developing their educational programmes for primary schools in co-operation with school authorities, teacher education institutes, and schools, to create an European network linking formal and informal learning with all-European organisations ECSITE and EUN and ESHA. The main target group is primary school teacher education. The goal is to use modern, interactive science exhibitions combining the best practices of informal learning and formal education. The objective is to find the key elements of curriculums in different countries to teach the scientific research process based on learning to make observations in science centres and teaching to make observations at school. The science centres will use the pedagogical expertise of the teachers and teacher training institutes as well as the curriculum development input by the educational authorities. Also the latest research results related to the affect of the informal learning sources to the career choices of young people especially creating opportunities for girls - are utilised and further developed in this project. The aim of hands-on -based methods is not solely to produce more scientists and technologists; it is also to produce a new generation of citizens who are scientifically and technologically literate. Using ICT-strategies is the main element of this European co-operation and dissemination of the results. The project is also directly linked to several other European projects (PENCIL, CONNECT, CELEBRATE) with the theme "Science is Primary" giving added value and synergy for formal and informal hands-on science learning clearly supporting the goals of the Lisbon Agenda.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SCIENCE-AND-SOCIETY-11
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

TIEDEKESKUSSÄÄTIÖ
Address
Tiedepuisto 1
Vantaa
Finland

Participants (10)

NATIONAL CENTRUM VOOR WETENSCHAP EN TECHNIEK
Netherlands
Address
Oosterdok 2
1011 Vx Amsterdam
STICHTING FLANDERS TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL
Belgium
Address
Technologielaan
Mechelen
FONDAZIONE MUSEO NAZIONALE DELLA SCIENZA E DELLA TECNOLOGIA LEONARDO DA VINCI
Italy
Address
Via San Vittore 21
Milano
PALACE OF MIRACLES
Hungary
Address
Vaci Str. 19.
Budapest
SIHTASUTUS TALLINNA TEHNIKA-JA TEADUSKESKUS
Estonia
Address
Pohja Pst. 29
Tallinn
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES EXPOSITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES, INDUSTRIELLES ET TECHNIQUES
Belgium
Address
Coudenberg 70/5
Brussels
ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI SCHOLI PANAGEA SAVVA AE
Greece
Address
Douk.plakentias 25
Chalandri
CENTER FOR FORMIDLING AF NATURVIDENSKAB OG MODERNE TEKNOLOGI (FOND)
Denmark
Address
Tuborg Havnevej 7
Hellerup
HOGSKOLAN DALARNA
Sweden
Address
Roda Vagen
Falun
EUN PARTNERSHIP
Belgium
Address
Rue De Treves 61
Brussels