CASE project aims at enhancing teacher skills, strengthening their ability to motivate innovation and creativity. It is precisely the enrichment of the creative elements in Inquiry Based Science Education as an integral part of such a system, based on a wealth of existing European knowledge, which is the cornerstone of the proposed project.
The project will be based on 3 case studies for creative science inquiry, namely Learning Science Though Theater, Puppetry and Learning through Art and Narratives for primary schools:
Learning Science Through Theater: In this case teachers and students will be involved in the development of short or long performances that will have a scientific theme (physics, mathematics, environment etc.). In the specific case guidelines will be produced for the teachers to be used in training workshops but also to guide them in implementing this case within their classroom.
Puppetry: Every activity starts with a story, acted out by hand puppets to awaken children’s curiosity, motivating them to go on to discover and create using real materials from the world around them. The teachers and students should follow their story and develop relevant activities that could be enriched with relevant music/lyrics.
Narratives: Through the activities of this case, pupils (with the guidance of their teachers) produce their own “slowmation films” about science, and may thus contribute to the teaching and learning of science and of the nature of science.
The main project objectives are:
- To design and develop training material for teachers’ trainings, so as to utilize outcomes of the proposed methodology afterwards in their classrooms. Digital training material for primary teachers will be available during trainings, including manuals, guidelines, learning scenarios, open educational resources and Social media tools available via the project’s web platform. A main aspect of the project’s training materials will be their accessibility to primary teachers, with an emphasis on visual attractiveness rather than heavily text-laden materials.
- To implement a wide-spread training approach for teachers, facilitating intake of creative Inquiry Based Science Education practices in primary schools. Teachers and in-service teachers will have the chance to participate in numerous mobility activities and receive training on the project’s methodology of employing Creative Science Agents also by utilizing the web platform of the project. Afterwards, primary teachers will elaborate activities in schools by utilizing the project’s activities and, with students, they will be able to develop their own projects.
- To systematically validate and evaluate the project’s approach. Systematic validation and evaluation of the proposed creative inquiry based approaches and activities will be implemented to identify project impact in terms of effectiveness and efficiency as well as the quality of proposed outputs.
- To provide guidelines towards continued communication and exploitation of results by the primary education community. A specific roadmap with guides for sustainability and further exploitation of project outcomes will be established.
For more information, visit the website of the project: http://www.project-case.eu/