Our intention is to create more possibilities for teachers of Science to cooperate and carry out common projects and to tackle the problem of getting isolated and not experiencing enough professional stimuli from one another. Also, it applies to the educational process where pupils should be capable to use the knowledge, they have already acquired at another lesson. On a large scale, it can also mean that they should be able to connect school-related knowledge and skills to real life. The schools need a project which is perceived both by teachers and students as relevant and motivating.
Motivation of the partner schools
The focus on the interdisciplinary approach for an effective Science teaching and learning is of high importance for several reasons. This approach to teaching requires planning that looks at the foundational objectives of a number of curriculum areas. Connecting curriculum in the interdisciplinary approach is an efficient way to help teachers deal with the knowledge that grows at exponential proportions. One goal of this approach is to give students a more relevant, less fragmented, and stimulating experience.
This approach itself helps to focus on the content – the topics, issues, themes and problems that become subjects of learning. It is related to solving “real world” problems and developing skills, fostering thinking processes – developmentally appropriate benchmarks for students’ learning, such as critical thinking, reading comprehension, analysis, Maths skills, etc.
This project is carried out transnationally
DIFFERENT CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES. Working transnationally gives all of the partners access to a greater variety of approaches, methods & solutions that might not otherwise have been thought of or considered if the project was solely held in their own country. Access to different cultures and their educational systems provides perspective and uncovers blindspots that can be difficult to identify without this distance or change of viewpoint.
CREDIBILITY. With 4 transnational partners, the viability and scope of interdisciplinary activities as a pathway to better Science teaching and learning becomes a lot more credible, demonstrating to a wider EU that success of such initiatives is not just limited to one country
DIVERSITY. A shared European educational experience conclusively results in a higher potential for individual national educational progression in both instructional and learning achievement capacity.
INTEREST, MOTIVATION & INCLUSION. The opportunity for teachers and students to experience another culture’s environment, people, attitudes and educational approaches raise the attractiveness of such a project for participants. The project creates a space for participants to learn and get enthusiastic about European identity and citizenship.
Exchange experiences and good practices of involving students in activities when two or more Science subjects are combined into one activity.
Stimulate and facilitate the development of new activities based on the interdisciplinary approach as well as CLIL.
Develop student learning environment and enrich everyday practice in partners schools through the activities – lessons and projects of teaching Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and English.
Give an opportunity for Science and English teachers to learn and benefit from each other.
Promote interdisciplinarity for teaching and learning Science at local, national and international levels.
7 short-term learning, teaching and training activities
During the period from September 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2020 we are going to organize 7 short-term learning, teaching and training activities both for students and teachers (involving 63 participants in total), to collect lesson, activity plans, project descriptions and prepare for the new Science activities (at least 8) proposed by partner schools, to incorporate and organize the activities based on combining different Science disciplines for students of age 15-18 (involving at least 50 percent of students of this age from each school), to prepare a collection of videos on the activities, lab experiments and feedback from participants as well as Compendium with partners’ best practice, instructables and create a website of the project.
This will strengthen the profile of Science and English language teachers, both students and teachers will acquire and develop high-quality Science learning/teaching skills and competencies.