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Biology, health and environmental education for better citizenship

Biology, health and environmental education for better citizenship

Objective

The aim of this project is to improve understanding of how different aspects of citizenship, including affective and social dimensions, are promoted or may possibly be promoted through Biology, Health and Environmental Education. We will develop a critical analysis of syllabi and schoolbooks as well as of teachers' and teachers-to-be' conceptions in order to answer to the following questions: Are there reductive simplifications in teaching issues related to our selected topics on Biology, Health and Environmental Education, like "1 gene -1 character"; "1 microbe - 1 disease" ? Do such teaching issues present or might they present notions of regulation, cycles, complexity? Are there implicit values, ideologies, in the curricula, syllabi and school textbooks? What are the teachers' systems of values, including social and affective dimensions, about nature, body and health, sexuality, biologic determinism, evolution? Are their values interacting with their scientific knowledge? differences among countries? Such differences, can they be associated to controlled parameters (gender, disciplines, religion, etc.)? This work will be largely comparative across the 19 countries involved in the project, using the same concepts and methods coming from science education, epistemology and sociology, through two approaches as much extensive as possible: Critical analysis of the selected topics in syllabi and schoolbooks of primary and secondary school as well as in teachers' training courses. Analysis of teachers' and teachers-to-be' conceptions from questionnaires regarding implicit values related to each topic. Altogether, the results obtained from this project will be published in scientific papers, delivered as appropriate to policy-makers, to national and European teachers' associations and to general public in order to contribute to promote citizenship' scientific literacy and to improve citizenship in scientific knowledge based societies.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Address

Largo Do Paco
Braga

Portugal

Administrative Contact

Graca S. CARVALHO (Professor)

Participants (18)

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UNIVERSITE CLAUDE BERNARD LYON 1

France

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH.

Germany

UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER II

France

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

TARTU UELIKOOL

Estonia

LEBANESE UNIVERSITY -

Lebanon

FACULTE DE SCIENCES DE BIZERTE

Tunisia

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTER AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

ORSZAGOS KOZOKTATASI INTEZET

Hungary

UNIVERSITAS VILNENSIS

Lithuania

UNIVERSITY OF MALTA

Malta

UNIWERSYTET MARII CURIE-SKLODOWSKIEJ

Poland

BABES - BOLYAI UNIVERSITY

Romania

UNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET DE LA TECHNOLOGIE HOUARI BOUMEDIENE

Algeria

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE - MARRAKECH

Morocco

UNIVERSIDADE PEDAGOGICA

Mozambique

UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR

Senegal

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 506015

  • Start date

    1 October 2004

  • End date

    31 March 2008

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 192 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 000 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Portugal