activities

SETAC worked for the development of activities and resources for learning in science aiming to respond to the needs for active citizenship within the knowledge society.

The products of the project are presented below in brief. Details about each of them as well as documents and materials to download can be found in this website (some of them in more than one languages):

1. New pedagogy for science education
The development of a new pedagogy has been one of the most important parts of the project. The partners worked in order to create the context within which all activities and materials were devised; but also in order to contribute specific arguments on science education seen as both the aim and the tool for understanding contemporary science and for developing social responsibility and participation.
The pedagogy suggested by SETAC draws on different fields (psychology, museum education, scientific research, civic responsibility) and methods (observation, inquiry, experimentation, chidren’s misconsceptions, authentic questions, dialogue and debate) and considers museums and science centres as fundamental resources.
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2. Teaching resources
The partners devised a series of activities for schools focusing on health, energy and climate change and using inquiry, debate and direct participation in experiments. The activities aim at developing contents, awareness of the role of science in contemporary society, and at stimulating the engagement of young people in dialogue about science. These have been tested with schools in each country and produced resources available for wider use.
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3. European in-service training course for primary and secondary school teachers
A one-week training course has been developed by the partners based on the project contents, methods and objectives as well as on pilot training course with teachers in the different counties. It will take place at the Deutsches Museum, Munich Germany. The main objective is to contribute to a strong European dimension of the relationship with science and active citizenship –relevant for both students and teachers.
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4. Better understanding of student’s motivation in dealing with topics of science
A survey of primary and secondary school students was carried out by the partners aiming to understand motivation and its role in engagement with science.
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5. “Quality Science Education: Where do we stand? Guidelines for practice from a European experience”
This is the concluding manifesto that presents the results of the SETAC work in the form of recommendations for practitioners working in formal and informal science learning institutions.
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