Environmental Socio-Scientific Issues in Initial Teacher Education

Summer Schools

Each year, we reach out to future science teachers across Europe. These intensive study programmes (ISP) allow future science and maths teachers to deepen their knowledge about environmental socio-scientific issues in a multinational environment. In the course of the summer schools, the students engage in a variety of innovative activities and gain first-hand inter-cultural and social experiences.

Summer School 2021 in Bulgaria

Theme: Environmental issues in science education – Deepening future science and maths teachers’ learning by teaching

Organised by the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Science (IMI-BAS)

Venue: Bulgaria, Sofia

Duration: 21 days in August 2021

Target groups:

  • Science and maths ITE students
  • PhD students in STEM fields
  • High school students interested in working on projects related to environmental socio-scientific concepts

All target groups learn about environmental SSI. Future teachers gain knowledge on pedagogical concepts, widen their teaching scope and have the possibility to actively teach students, whilst PhD students gain experience in both aspects and can elaborate on how the respectively gained knowledge might contribute to their research work.

A social cultural program tailored to enrich the experience of the participants will be provided. Two one-day trips to sites of cultural and/or scientific importance will be included, as well as shorter visits to relevant exhibitions and museums.

The venue will be at the campus of IMI-BAS, one of its frequent conference locations or the campus of a partnering university. The locations are equipped with modern educational and accommodation facilities, quick access to emergency medical help and dedicated security.

The organisers will issue a certificate for each student and each future teacher, describing the scope of the activity and the attained learning outcome. It is intended that participants will get 3 ECTS points.

Summer School 2021 in Slovakia

Theme: Social-Scientific Issues in Mathematics and Science Teachers Education

Organised by the Constantine the Philosopher University (CPU)

Venue: Slovakia, region Nitra

Duration: 10 days in May-June 2021

Target groups:

  • Science and maths ITE students from partners’ and HEIs from the organizing country
  • PhD students in mathematics and science education;

Participants will be actively involved in discussions and will be informed about all other project initiatives and experiences. This will support them in taking up socio-scientific issue ideas to their future teaching and academic work. Participants will have the chance to demonstrate their knowledge and experience obtained during the summer school at the end of the ISP in a scientific colloquium.

A social cultural program tailored to enrich the experience of the participants will be provided. To this end we will include trips to sites of cultural and/or scientific importance as well as visits to relevant exhibitions and museums.

The organisers will issue a certificate for each participating future teacher, describing the scope of the activity and the attained learning outcome. The work and performance of participants, ITE students, will be acknowledged by 3ECTS credits.

Summer School 2022 in Czech Republic

Theme: Socio-scientific issues in maths and science ITE for HE teachers

Czech Republic, Prague: Univerzita Karlova (CUNI)

Duration: 10 days

Main target group:

  • Students of maths and sciences in ITE programmes at higher education institutions.

The program will offer students the opportunity to perceive and analyse different aspects of maths and science education in relation to environmental SSI and their interrelations with cultural, national, religious and other dimensions of society. During their stay prospective teachers will have numerous opportunities for communication both within the international student group and outside when meeting the local population. This will enable them to gain rich experiences concerning socio-scientific issues and their intercultural dimension.

The social cultural programme will include special excursions such as relevant visits to exhibitions (e.g. Czech National Museum, Technical Museum, Centre of Environmental Studies of the Charles University, Non-governmental institution with environmental focus etc.) or school excursions to give prospective teachers an insight into school life in another country.

CUNI will issue a certificate for each student/participant, describing the scope of the summer school programme and the learning outcomes attained. For the successful participation in this summer school, Faculty of Education CUNI will award 3 ECTS credits.

 

The creation of these resources has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union under grant no. 2019-1-DE01-KA203-005046. Neither the European Union/European Commission nor the project’s national funding agency DAAD are responsible for the content or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.

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