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POLLEN: Seed cities for science, a community approach for a sustainable growth of science education in Europe

POLLEN: Seed cities for science, a community approach for a sustainable growth of science education in Europe

Objective

Pollen aims at developing a model for the renewal of science education in primary schools based on inquiry approach already successfully experimented in most of the 12 participating countries. Through this approach, children develop autonomy, critical thin king, language skills, enthusiasm for science and technology?As for teachers, they no longer consider science as too difficult to be taught, since they benefit from support and resources. The whole community, including children, teachers, parents and scien tists, is involved. Pollen will develop a local approach based on community participation. It will create 12 interacting seed cities which, after 3,5 years, will have consolidated in their schools a quality teaching of science following inquiry principles and supported by exchanges within the local community. Pollen will build upon successful national projects, the European network Scienceduc and the implication of prestigious scientific bodies. It will address critical issues such as attitudes of children towards science, involvement of the scientific community, social conditions?In order to amplify the added value of the exchanges, common methodological and organisational schemes, such as tools for teachers and trainers, ecenter, evaluation and disseminati on strategies will be shared. At Pollen?s conclusion, a charter for primary science education shall summarize the strategy in order to pave the future for a sustainable extension to other territories in Europe. The Pollen evaluation of children?s attitudes towards science should be a significant contribution to restore the attractiveness of scientific careers. Pollen is inspired by the vision of the Nobel Prize Georges Charpak, who started La main à la pâte in France, stimulated scientific academies worldwi de to raise the interest of European actors for a deep change in science education in primary schools.

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Coordinator

ECOLE NORMALE SUPÉRIEURE

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45 Rue D'Ulm
Paris

France

Administrative Contact

David JASMIN (Dr)

Participants (11)

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TARTU ÜLIKOOL

Estonia

CONSORZIO PER L'INNOVAZIONE, LA FORMAZIONE E LA RICERCA EDUCATIVA - CIFRE

Italy

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

CIENCIA VIVA - AGENCIA NACIONAL PARA A CULTURA CIENTIFICA E TECNOLOGICA

Portugal

P.A.U. EDUCATION, S.L.

Spain

KUNGL.VETENSKAPSAKADEMIEN KVA

Sweden

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

United Kingdom

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

APOR VILMOS KATOLIKUS FÖISKOLA

Hungary

FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN

Germany

UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 518399

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SOCIETY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 750 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 750 000

Coordinated by:

ECOLE NORMALE SUPÉRIEURE

France