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The Discovery Learning Space: Developing the Science Classroom of the Future


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The SEENET-MTP Seminar: Trends in Modern Physics
19–21 August 2011, Niš, Serbia

Talk by Sofoklis A. Sotiriou (Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Pallini, Greece)

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The Discovery Learning Space: Developing the Science Classroom of the Future

  1. 1. The Discovery Learning Space: Developing the Science Classroom of the Future Sofoklis A. Sotiriou Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
  2. 2. <ul><li>In recent times fewer young people seem to be interested in science and technical subjects. Why is this? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the problem lie in wider socio-cultural changes, and the ways in which young people in developed countries now live and wish to shape their lives? Or is it due to failings within science education itself? </li></ul>
  3. 3. PISA 2006
  4. 4. The ROSE study of students’ attitudes to science in more than 20 countries has found that students’ response to the statement ‘I like school science better than other subjects’ is increasingly negative the more developed the country. In short, the more advanced a country is, the less its young people are interested in the study of science.
  5. 5. Double Eurobarometer survey
  6. 6. The Rocard Report on Science Education (2007) Science Education in Europe:Critical Reflections (J. Osborne, J. Dilon, 2008)
  7. 7. As students become absorbed with technology-based games, educators grapple with how best to use technology. Immersive simulations represent one way in which new media can enhance traditional learning experiences. Redefining Science Education There is a major mismatch between opportunity and action in most education systems today. It revolves around what is meant by &quot;science education,&quot; a term that is incorrectly defined in current usage. Rather than learning how to think scientifically, students are generally being told about science and asked to remember facts. This disturbing situation must be corrected if science education is to have any hope of taking its proper place as an essential part of the education of students everywhere. Bruce Alberts, Science, January 2009
  8. 8. Current Trends Science Education <ul><li>A reversal of school science-teaching pedagogy from mainly deductive to </li></ul><ul><li>inquiry-based methods provides the means to increase interest in </li></ul><ul><li>science. </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry-based science education (IBSE) has proved its efficacy at both </li></ul><ul><li>primary and s econdary levels in increasing children’s and students’ interest and </li></ul><ul><li>Attainments levels while at the same time stimulating teacher motivation. IBSE is </li></ul><ul><li>effective with all kinds of students from the weakest to the most able and is fully </li></ul><ul><li>compatible with the ambition of excellence. Moreover IBSE is beneficial to </li></ul><ul><li>promoting girls’ interest and participation in science activities. Finally, IBSE and </li></ul><ul><li>traditional deductive approaches are not mutually exclusive and they should be </li></ul><ul><li>combined in any science classroom to accommodate different mindsets and age </li></ul><ul><li>group preferences. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Renewed school’s science-teaching pedagogy based on IBSE </li></ul><ul><li>provides increased opportunities for cooperation between </li></ul><ul><li>a ctors in the formal and informal arenas. </li></ul><ul><li>Due to the nature of its practices, IBSE pedagogy is more likely to </li></ul><ul><li>encourage relationships between the stakeholders of both formal and </li></ul><ul><li>informal education. And it creates opportunities for involving firms, </li></ul><ul><li>scientists, researchers, engineers, universities, local actors such as </li></ul><ul><li>cities, associations, parents and other kinds of local resources. </li></ul>Current Trends Science Education
  10. 10. Current Trends Science Education <ul><li>S cientific disciplines in school have to be enlarged. </li></ul><ul><li>The introduction of problem oriented fields of studies instead </li></ul><ul><li>O f m ore traditional disciplines would attract the interest of </li></ul><ul><li>m ore young people. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The role of teachers <ul><li>Teachers are key players in the renewal of science </li></ul><ul><li>education. Among other methods, being art of a </li></ul><ul><li>network allows them to improve the quality of their </li></ul><ul><li>teaching and supports their motivation. </li></ul><ul><li>Networks can be used as an effective component of </li></ul><ul><li>teachers’ professional development, are complementary to </li></ul><ul><li>more traditional forms of in-service teacher training and </li></ul><ul><li>stimulate morale and motivation. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Re-imagine science education <ul><li>The message is clear. </li></ul><ul><li>There are shortcomings in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, but the deeper problem is one of fundamental purpose. School science education has never provided a satisfactory education for the majority . Now the evidence is that it is failing in its original purpose, to provide a route into science for future scientists. </li></ul><ul><li>The challenge therefore, is to re-imagine science education : to consider how it can be made fit for the modern world and how it can meet the needs of all students; those who will go on to work in scientific and technical subjects, and those who will not. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The vision <ul><li>We should point to a </li></ul><ul><li>hybrid classroom that </li></ul><ul><li>builds on the strengths of </li></ul><ul><li>formal and informal </li></ul><ul><li>teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>strategies in ways that can </li></ul><ul><li>support learning of all </li></ul><ul><li>students . </li></ul>
  14. 14. Introducing Inquiry Based Activities in the Classroom
  15. 15. KLIC:Kick life into classroom
  16. 18. Prater, Wien (28.6.2011) Rotor (Object Prater 4) Technical Data: Height-12 Metres Revolutions-30 per minute Physics Context: Centrifugal Force
  17. 19. Prater, Wien (28.6.2011) Super 8 Bahn (Object Prater 5) Technical Data: Height-21.03 Metres Length-779.9 Metres   Physics Context Gravitational Motion Looping
  18. 20. Science Center To Go Wave propagation- Doppler Effect Quantum Physics – Young’s Double Slit Experiment +
  19. 21. Kinetic Theory of Gases- Air Molecules Wing Dynamics- Bernoulli Principle
  20. 26. Modeling „Problem solving competence“ in PISA <ul><li>Structure model </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>understand the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>characterize the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>representation of the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>solving the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reflection of the solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>communication of the solution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level model </li></ul><ul><li>Levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>III „reflective and communicative problem solver “ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>II „advanced problem solver“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I „beginning problem solver“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>< I “no problem solver” </li></ul></ul>
  21. 27. Structuring Educational Activities Partial abilities Testing Problem solving competence Theory (r = .81 – .92) PISA 2003 Koppelt & Tiemann 2008, 2009 understanding the problem characterizing the problem representing the problem solving the problem reflecting on the solution communicating the solution understanding and characterizing the Problem representing the problem solving the problem reflecting and communicating the solution Partial abilities Construct
  22. 29. Creating effective links between schools and the research community
  23. 30. DISCOVERY SPACE & COSMOS Access to unique scientific resources
  24. 31. Access to Real Data…
  25. 32. … and high quality content
  26. 33. Access to advanced infrastructures…
  27. 37. Does the Sun Rotate?
  28. 38. Asteroids Rotation
  29. 44. [email_address] Connecting Schools and Scientific Research effectively
  30. 52. Conservation of Momentum
  31. 55. <ul><li>OpenScienceResources & Natural Europe: Towards the </li></ul><ul><li>development of a Common Digital Repository for Formal </li></ul><ul><li>and Informal Science Education </li></ul>
  32. 56. Virtual Visits and field trips to museums and science centers
  33. 57. Visualizing the Invisible
  34. 59. The E/M spectrum
  35. 60. Sound Mirrors
  36. 63. Natural Europe will be a state-of-the-art, hands-on natural history resource available to the educational community. Students become scientists and explore the processes of science. Museum staff will encourage them to ask their own questions about hundreds of real specimens. With everything from dinosaur fossils to butterflies and rare minerals , students can explore some of the diversity of the natural world with scientific equipment and computer resources.
  37. 64. Educational Pathway Authoring Tools
  38. 65. Create your own pathways
  39. 67. Effective Community Building
  40. 70. Building a community of practice /
  41. 71. Sharing our experiences Is the best resource we can have.
  42. 72. Info <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul>