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 2022 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: tba

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 2022 in Slovakia

Event Programme

INTENSIVE PROGRAM FOR HIGHER EDUCATION LEARNERS AND FOR TEACHING STAFF

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

Organized by the Constantine the Philosopher University (CPU)

Venue: online lectures and workshops, Moodle course digital support

Date: 7 – 11 March 2022

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Target groups:

  • Science and maths students in initial teachers’ education
  • PhD students in mathematics and science education
  • Young researchers and scientists 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 during interactive workshops.

The organizers will issue a certificate for each participating person, describing the scope of the activity and the attained learning outcome. The work and performance of participants will be acknowledged by 3 ECTS credits for those participants for whom the certificate is relevant.

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 during interactive workshops.

The organizers will issue a certificate for each participating person, describing the scope of the activity and the attained learning outcome. The work and performance of participants will be acknowledged by 3 ECTS credits for those participants for whom the certificate is relevant.

Programme

Monday 7 March 15:00 – 16:00

Welcome, ENSITE Summer School course introduction and technical instructions

Janka Medová, Soňa Čeretková, CPU Nitra, Slovakia

Introduction ICSE and ENSITE project; Nature of Socio-Scientific Issues in Education

Laura Wanckel, Oliver Strasser, Ph Freiburg, Germany

16:30 – 18:00

Reasoning, Argumentation & Critical Thinking

Gultekin Cakmakci, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Tuesday 8 March 10:00 – 11:30

Socio-Scientific Issues and ASSESSMENT of Student Learning. Opening session of the topic.

Josette Farugia, University of Malta

Tuesday 8 March 14:00 – 15:30

Complex Socio-Scientific Topics Need SCAFFOLDING

Christina Pichler-Koban, Andrea Frantz-Pittner, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Wednesday 9 March 14:00 – 15:30   and  16:00 – 17:30

Designing SSI Lesson, Focus to METHODS

Soňa Čeretková, Janka Medová, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia

Thursday 10 March 10:00 – 11:30

We KNOW what we EAT!

Decision-making based on confronting scientific positions on the example of food provision for the world Opening session of the topic

Martin Bílek, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Thursday 10 March 14:00 – 15:30 

Analysing (Big) Data

Monica Wijers, Vincent Jonker, University in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Thursday 10 March 16:30 – 18:00

We KNOW what we eat!

Decision-making based on confronting scientific positions on the example of food provision for the world

Closing session of the topic.

Friday 11 March 14:00 – 15:30

Socio-Scientific Issues and Assessment of Student Learning. Closing session of the topic.

Josette Farugia, University of Malta

Friday 11 March 16:00 – 17:00

Final presentations, feedback, certificates, …

Janka, Medová, Soňa Čeretková, Laura Wanckel, Oliver Strasser, other ENSITE partners and guests

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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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