Presentation of project activities
Intellectual Output (O1): Elaboration of review analysis on current practices of experiential learning for improving the above-listed key competences of primary school children aged from 9 to 11
In this study, current practices and challenges in terms of experiential learning applied through environmental education and/or a nature-close approach will be carefully examined and effectiveness of these practices will be also thoroughly analyzed (by taking into consideration specific characteristics of different primary educational institutions with special focus on those situated in rural areas) from the perspective of the acquisition of key competences. This research will provide a sound basis for the innovative pedagogy do be developed by our environmental experts during the next phase of the project.
Intellectual Output (O2): Development of the experiential, nature-close innovative pedagogy for primary schools
Aiming at optimizing current practices in the field of environmental education and supporting the integration of environmental aspects into traditional school subjects while designing an innovative approach which should make more efficient the acquisition of key competences by pupils, project partners intend to develop the following educational modules based on an innovative, experiential and nature-close pedagogy targeting primary school teachers:
1. Level 1 – Basic concepts of environmental education and experiential learning: the aim of this module is to support teachers in getting familiar with the basics of environmental education and helping them to understand the importance of experiential, inquiry-based, interactive, practice-oriented and real-world close learning activities to ensure the acquisition of key competences by their pupils
2. Level 2 – How to integrate the proposed approach into their daily teaching practices: our intention here, is to raise awareness on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in teaching and equip primary school teachers with all necessary skills and knowledge they will need for integrating environmental education into their subjects (e.g. physics, mathematics, etc.)
3. Practice – Proposed scenarios for integrating environmental educational aspects into both indoor and outdoor educational activities through experiential, inquiry-based, interactive, practice-oriented and real-world close learning activities. Different activities will be organized according to different scientific fields: I) natural sciences, II) social sciences, III) arts, IV) technical and IT-related subjects.
Intellectual Output (O2): Implementation of the designed pedagogy with testing purposes (Duration: 6 Months, Leader: DOS1). This activity includes the following two training, teaching and learning events:
During this 6-month implementation period of the project, a number of activities will take place at both local and transnational levels to test the developed pedagogy and continuously monitor its effectiveness in terms of the improvement of key competences. In doing so, feedback from involved teachers will be requested on a regular basis to ensure that the developed pedagogies and learning activities are completely in line with their specific needs.
This project phase will include:
C1: a five-day, joint staff training event will take place in Nagykanizsa (Hungary) where teachers and other professionals from each partner organization will be invited and they will have also the possibility to interact, exchange ideas and suggestions about the learning content.
C2: An international summer school will take place in Month 20 where pupils and accompanying teachers will be invited and specific programmes will take place designed in accordance with the innovative pedagogy