Multilateral Comenius Project

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Multilateral Comenius: Education Innovation Project which INTERSINDICAL STERM participates with the following partner countries: FSC, United Kingdom, Bērnu Vides skolas, Latvia, Time Fondation, Bulgaria, Veldwerk Nederland, Holland and Focus Eco centre, Romania.

MULTILATERAL COMENIUS PROYECT

Lessons from Nature:   Innovation towards teaching and learning for a green economy and society.

INTRODUCTION

We live in an unsustainable world. Pressure on natural resources to drive the European economy is increasing year on year. We cannot continue to meet the needs and aspirations of Europe without significant changes to the way we live and consume. There is a need to promote learning that will change the way we design our economies, businesses and products. LfN (Lessons from nature) takes a unique approach to addressing this need.

Nature is inherently sustainable: it recycles waste efficiently, uses renewable power from the sun, is resilient to sudden changes, adaptable over time to new conditions, and self regulates through feedback. A truly green economy and society will share the same characteristics. Such approaches are being pioneered by businesses e.g. Interface, Nike, Wal-Mart, evidencing a real need for this approach to learning.

AIMS

1. Learning frameworks to show how LfN improves learning and develops transversal skills.
2. Learning modules containing activities and teachers notes.
3. A good practice guide to evaluating LfN.
4. Shared criteria for successful outdoor learning and.
5. Training for teachers with a focus on team based learning and critical thinking skills

TARGET GROUPS

a) Teachers in Secondary School: we will reach at least 100 teachers in each country  (a total of 600 teachers). These will be direct target groups who will implement and use the project resources in their schools. They will also receive training and mentoring support. Teachers will come from a variety of backgrounds including biology, geography, economics, general sciences and citizenship, reflecting the cross curricula nature of the project. Selected teachers from each country will also form a part of the Teacher Support Teams.

b) Young people aged 12-16: the project will engage a minimum of 30 secondary schools in each country. We estimate that at least 7500 students will benefit directly during the project from lessons led by the trained teachers and direct contact with the partners.

c) Education providers: we will ensure that the project results are exploited to other providers through training workshops, meetings, promotion and networking.

d) Local education departments: an important ‘political’ target group. Where appropriate we will ensure that our resources have approval from the Council of Education and that staff are engaged early in the project to ensure a successful project.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

Improvement of the school and educational NGOs capacities to understand the sustainable development through outdoor lessons using innovative approaches within the different parts of the curricula.

  1. To provide to young people a wide range of relevant outdoor experiences that can contribute to construct a green economy and society.
  2. Production of new resources that join the learning about how natural ecosystems work with skills for constructing a green economy and society.
  3. To improve the access to the information, knowledge, experience, guide, learning and resources.
  4. To share and to improve the current criteria to achieve a successful outdoor learning.
  5. The construction of a good-practice network among teachers to promote a continuous interchange of ideas and resources.
  6. To increase the knowledge about sustainable development and outdoor learning in each partner county as well as in the whole EU.

WORK TEAM

COUNTRY PROJECT MANAGER

JUAN DIEGO LÓPEZ GIRALDO: DEGREE IN BIOLOGY AND M.S. IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT. PROJECT MANAGER OF VITA XXI. SPEAKER AND TUTOR IN STERM ONLINE COURSES.

RESEARCHERS/TRAINERS:

–          JUAN DIEGO LÓPEZ GIRALDO
–          ENRIQUE FUSTER ESPINOSA. PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER (VIRGEN DE LA FUENSANTA, LA ALBERCA). REPRESENTATIVE OF STERM, TEACHING SECRETARIAT.
–          ÁNGEL SILVESTRE ORTEGA. CHEMICAL ENGINEER, SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER (IES MIGUEL HERNÁNDEZ, ALHAMA DE MURCIA).
–          CAYETANO GUTIÉRREZ PÉREZ. DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY, SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER (IES POLITÉCNICO, CARTAGENA). SCIENCE POPULARISER.
–          CAYETANO GUTIÉRREZ CÁNOVAS. DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES. PhD STUDENT IN AQUATIC ECOLOGY (UNIVERSIDAD DE MURCIA).

TRASLATOR

CAYETANO GUTIÉRREZ CÁNOVAS

PLANNING AND WORK PACKAGES

Planning and building the project team: December 2010 to April 2011.

Baseline research about outdoor learning: January to June 2011. How much are outdoor lessons are used in the teaching-learning process?

Questionnaires and report them

– Development of the learning resources: September 2011 to April 2012: development of learning modules about activities related with sustainability that can be used across different subjects.

– Training, guide and support: January 2012 to April 2013: Design, publicity and development of a course for teachers that are interested in joining the project. Guide and support in educational centres. Development of activities and training assessment.

– Quality assurance. During the whole process. Definition of the criteria that ensure a successful project and development of tools for project monitoring and assessment.

– Dissemination: From January 2012. The project will be promoted through the website, training, brochures, collaborative networks, collaboration with educational agents and by attending meetings and congress.

– Exploitation: From March 2012. To establish a plan to enlarge the project impact and life-period working at European and national scales.



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