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Science and Global Education beyond the barriers of learning difficulties
Date du début: 1 oct. 2015, Date de fin: 30 sept. 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The project aims to respond to two of the main challenges faced by modern societies: 1) The rapid obsolescence of all technical and scientific knowledge which makes it difficult to teach sciences at school even if sciences are a key factor for the understanding of climate change and for the sustainable economic development 2) The processes of social exclusion related to early school leaving. Early school leaving is often related to segregation in schools (2013, Eurydice Report) Special Edcational Needs often suffer from segregation in schools even if all European countries have ratified the UNESCO Salamanca Statement and Framework for Action in Special Needs Education (1994). One extract from the statement is used repeatedly as a guiding principle in policy level debates: Regular schools with an inclusive orientation are the most effective means of combating discriminatory attitudes, building an inclusive society and achieving education for all Nevertheless an effective inclusion of SEN students in schools is far from being fully achieved Inclusion of SEN and science teaching present similar criticisms - The persisting difficulty in developing innovative inclusive practices useful to develop scientific thinking - Inadequate use of ICT, which is an extraordinary means for fostering SEN students’ communication and the development of self-help groups , but it is also an extraordinary means to develop science teaching -Lack of connection between what students learn at school and the skills needed for managing their own lives, interacting effectively in heterogeneous groups and tackling complex global problems such climate changes objectives To enhance and disseminate innovative teaching methods such as flipped classroom and spaced learning associated with hands on activities in order to foster effective inclusion and science thinking . The prior objective is to reduce the school dropout rate To promote scientific and technological excellence in Europe for a sustainable and inclusive growth of society , engaging students in scientific activities which pursue the objectives stated in the Covenant of Mayors To develop a multilingual platform where teachers can share best practices, exchange science lessons and have support for a more successful approach to teach sciences and to special educational needs To strengthen cooperation between partners and international experts on the project issues in order to improve learning sciences in schools and support professional development To create innovative lessons in international groups of teachers Participants Participants are research organizations Adi- Italian Teachers' Association, Italian, Polish and Turkish technical and vocational schools , public institutions involved in the Convenant of mayors ( Bologna City Hall and Gdynia City Hall), Gdansk and Rome Universities The project is addressed to teachers educators and researchers Activities Development of an on-line multilingual platform and repository for relevant legislation on Special Educational Needs, guidelines and best practises for highly inclusive teaching strategies to develop scientific culture in schools and science lesson plans Development of innovative inclusive lessons based on flipped and spaced techinques combined with hands on activities Organization of : one preparatory meeting three Joint staff training events combined with exchange of students , each of 7 days, to test and evaluate the lessons created by teachers in mixed international groups, to test the platform, verify its effectiveness and develop future plans to continue flipped and spaced trials A seminar devoted to disseminating and sharing the use of the platform The platform will be implemented through a constant collaboration between partners, through the exchange of ideas and teaching materials , using forums, dedicated social networks, e-mails , skype conferences. The educational material will be worked out by each partner according to his/her competence and evaluated in progress with the help of experts of didactics Lessons will be focused on specific environmental issues relating to climate changes, as stated in the the Covenant of Mayors and they will be tested during the meetings will monitor the delivery times for the production and uploading of the scheduled teaching materials The final evaluation will be performed by the project team results dissemination of innovative and inclusive teaching and learning strategies development of science lessons about climate change of high quality Encouraging the introduction of issues relating to climate change in school curricula Cooperation and exchange of best practice between European countries longer term Increase in inclusion and school equality Improvement in science teaching standards Creation of trasnational innovative teaching strategies



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