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Science Education

Science Education for Responsible Citizenship


Publication coverThis publication on science education offers a 21st century vision for science for society within the broader European agenda. It is the culmination of many months of work by a group of experts brought together by the European Commission in 2014. As the world becomes more inter-connected and globally competitive, new economic opportunities often come hand in hand with complex societal challenges. Therefore, we must engage all of society in research and innovation processes. We must provide the space for open, inclusive and informed discussions on the research and technology decisions that will impact citizens' lives. This report is aimed primarily at science education policy makers. It identifies the main issues involved in helping citizens to access scientific debate; it provides guidance on how industry can contribute to science education; and it proposes a new framework for all types of science education from formal, to non-formal and informal approaches

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Science education NOW

A renewed pedagogy for the future of Europe

Publication coverIn recent years, many studies have highlighted an alarming decline in young people’s interest for key science studies and mathematics. Despite the numerous projects and actions that are being implemented to reverse this trend, the signs of improvement are still modest. Unless more effective action is taken, Europe’s longer term capacity to innovate, and the quality of its research will also decline. Furthermore, among the population in general, the acquisition of skills that are becoming essential in all walks of life, in a society increasingly dependent on the use of knowledge, is also under increasing threat. In consequence, the European Commission has tasked this group of experts to examine a cross-section of on-going initiatives and to draw from them elements of know-how and good practice that could bring about a radical change in young people’s interest in science studies - and to identify the necessary pre-conditions. Since the origins of the declining interest among young people for science studies are found largely in the way science is taught in schools, this is the main focus of this report

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Identification and dissemination of best practice in science mentoring and science ambassador schemes across Europe

Publication coverThis report is the outcome of a study aiming to identify and disseminate best practice in science mentoring and science ambassador schemes across Europe. The study focused exclusively on those schemes involving direct interaction between children and scientists. The terms of reference defined three objectives: 1. Produce an inventory of such schemes in Europe; 2. Propose a limited number of examples of good practice allowing a representative coverage of the different types of schemes and operational approaches to delivering mentoring and ambassador activities. 3. Formulate guidelines based on findings, notably from the qualitative information gathered on the existing schemes. Geographically the study covered 33 countries: the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU), Turkey (one of the candidate countries) and the associated countries to the EU (Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)

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Study to identify and disseminate within Europe best practices in the context of science teaching that places science and technology into meaningful learning contexts

Publication coverThis Final Report presents the results of the activities carried out in the framework of the Study identified by the contract DG-RTD-C6-2004-2. Activities officially started with the kick-off meeting, held in Brussels on January 31st, 2006. On that occasion, it was clearly stated that the study approach and the developed contents would be very practical and focused on experiences regarding applications of context-based methodologies in science teaching implemented in schools (formal settings) and out-of school (non formal and informal settings, e.g. science parks, science museums, etc.). Based on the mandate stated in the Tender Specifications, the present Study has aimed at: identifying and disseminating within Europe best practice experiences in the context of science teaching that place science and technology into meaningful learning contexts; collecting information in the 25 Member States of the EU, the Associated Countries and the Candidate Countries, on best practice examples, with justification, of particularly effective techniques or experiences for demonstrating the relevance of science and innovation in our daily lives

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Science Education FP7 Projects 2007-2010

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Gender in EU-funded research
Ever since the Treaty of Rome, the European Union has consistently advocated gender equality as one of its core policies. Yet the monitoring and assessment studies of FP5 and FP6 have shown that despite the efforts to promote gender in research, women remain under-represented and the issue of gender is far from being systematically addressed in research projects.

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