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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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-CITIZENS-2
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Address
Largo Do Paco
Braga
Portugal

Participants (18)

UNIVERSITE CLAUDE BERNARD LYON 1
France
Address
43, Boulevard Du 11 Novembre 1918
761 Villeurbanne
UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH.
Germany
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 30
Bayreuth
UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER II
France
Address
Place Eugene Bataillon 2
Montpellier
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos Avenue 75
20537 Nicosia
TARTU UELIKOOL
Estonia
Address
Uelikooli 18
Tartu
LEBANESE UNIVERSITY -
Lebanon
Address
Place Du Musee
PO Box 14-65 73 Beirut
FACULTE DE SCIENCES DE BIZERTE
Tunisia
Address
Route Du Canal De Zarzouna
Zarzouna - Bizerte
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTER AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
Cambridge
ORSZAGOS KOZOKTATASI INTEZET
Hungary
Address
8 Dorottya Str.
Budapest
UNIVERSITAS VILNENSIS
Lithuania
Address
Universiteto 3
Vilnius
UNIVERSITY OF MALTA
Malta
Address
University Campus, Tal-qroqq
Msida
UNIWERSYTET MARII CURIE-SKLODOWSKIEJ
Poland
Address
Pl Marii Curie-sklodowskiej, 5
Lublin
BABES - BOLYAI UNIVERSITY
Romania
Address
Mihail Kogalniceanu 1
Cluj
UNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET DE LA TECHNOLOGIE HOUARI BOUMEDIENE
Algeria
Address
El Alia - Bab Ezzouar
Algiers
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE - MARRAKECH
Morocco
Address

2400 Marrakech
UNIVERSIDADE PEDAGOGICA
Mozambique
Address
Avenida De Mocambique 6 Km 1
Maputo
UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR
Senegal
Address
Avenue Pasteur, 30
7325 Dakar