Author/s: Ornit Sagy, Yael Kali, Yotam Hod, Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Tali Tal and Dani Ben-ZviPresenter: Yael Kali
We conceptualize citizen science (CS) as an ecology in which all parties should benefit from their involvement. The “Mutualistic Ecology of Citizen Science” (MECS) framework is examined within the notion of Taking Citizen Science to School (TCSS), which, in addition to citizens and scientists, involves students, school-practitioners, education-researchers and policymakers. We describe our operationalization of the TCSS notion, present preliminary findings on proof-of-concept and value of the approach, and discuss tentative conclusions. Findings exemplify the potential of TCSS as a MECS that can advance science, develop teachers’ professional skills, and provide an effective attractive way of learning.
Author/s: Luciano Massetti, Jozef Kahan, Juan Diego Lopez Giraldo, Martin Zemko, Ruth Staples-Rolfe, Imrich Jakab, Jana Sýkorová, Francesca Ugolini, Barbara Finato, Costanza Bagnoli, Piera Papini, Andrea Pecci, Dora Castellano and Adriana KováčováPresenter: Luciano Massetti
BIOPROFILES (ERASMUS+ project) targets teachers of students aged 10-16. It supports teachers’ continuous learning in active use and implementation of environmental topics into teaching. Teachers from the participating countries attended an international training course on practical and outdoor activities targeting environmental issues. Teachers got practical and engaging activities for teaching environmental education and investigating indicators of local environmental quality. Activities were designed to investigate widespread issues with local and global relevance. Teachers appreciated activities for their integration with school curricula and interdisciplinary. Teachers’ professional enrichment inspired their students’ motivation towards critical thinking, innovation, creativity and intercultural approaches.