InEdu – Innovate, Educate, Awake
This project aims to propagate an education system based on enquiry, experimentation, observation, and reasoning rather than on rote learning and the passing of examinations based on it. We want to popularize this method among a wider audience of educators, students, parents, and scientists; to spread its use to more countries, schools, and teachers; and to expose more children and parents to learning using this methodology. Our objective is based on the belief that this approach to learning is vital in a rapidly changing world and in a Europe that needs to create jobs, innovate, and become more socially and commercially entrepreneurial.
The origins of the project are based on current Children’s University (FUD) practice, which gives children the opportunity to attend universities or other venues in order to come face-to-face with the scientists and academics that provide lessons dealing with complex subjects in a simple and accessible way. We plan to overcome the limitations of this approach by creating training for teachers and exchange of good practice between the partner organisations to foster innovation. 1400 teachers and science educators will receive the product of these exchanges in the form of innovative teachers' materials (lesson kits). They will also have access to a Teachers' Community of Practice to learn from each other and to stimulate their personal and professional development.
The project will consist of:
- International seminars. Four international seminars will be held in which three experts in the field from each partner country are brought together to trade best practice and formulate new ideas, which will be adapted by the project partners and used to form the InEdu Lesson Kits. Anyone who could contribute to the seminars in a meaningful way is a viable participant, including teachers, teacher trainers, science outreach practitioners, psychologists with expertise in pedagogy or childhood development, specialists in certain subjects or key areas, etc. These seminars will not just be about producing the lesson kits; they are about exchange of innovation and best practice across different sectors and countries and we aim to make them an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for all involved.
- Production of the lesson kits. We have decided on the theme of environmental engagement for the lesson kits, which will include four lesson plans that provide examples of different types of scientific and creative inquiry that can be employed to understand the environment. Ultimately though, the contents of the lesson kits will depend on what our seminar participants produce and we will endeavour to give them as much freedom and flexibility as possible.
- Dissemination of the materials. We aim to reach 1400 teachers and science educators throughout the partner countries.
- Testing of the materials. We will measure the effect of the lessons amongst pupils, teachers, parents, and lesson contributors according to three criteria: interest, engagement, and satisfaction.
We are looking for participants for the international seminars. We do not have funding to pay someone for their time but we have a grant to cover travel and subsistence for all participants. The first training event is in Krakow in early 2017. Other events will be held in Galway, Vienna, and in the UK. We are also looking for associated partners in within the science community that can help us to reach teachers and pupils throughout the project’s lifetime and increase the impact of InEdu overall.
If you are interested in getting involved in the project or just want to find out more, please feel free to contact the project manager in Ireland, Emma Murtagh.
Phone: 091 566759
This project has been funded with support from the European Union. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and neither the Commission nor the National Agency can be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.