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Open Schooling approach to inquiry learning in Science

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NG22 Marconi Building

School of Physical Sciences

Dublin City University

D09 Glasnevin

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Summer Course for Primary and Second level teachers now open for Enrolment

Approved by the Department of Education for EPV Days

Dates: Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July, 10am to 2.30pm daily.

Course Facilitators: Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, Dr. James Lovatt and Dr. Theresa Tallon


This course will provide primary and second level teachers with the knowledge, skills and resources to support the adoption of the open schooling approach to inquiry learning in science as part of the European H2020 project, Open Schools for Open Societies (OSOS). This project aims to support teachers and schools across 10 European countries to adopt Open Schooling approaches by:

a) Developing a model that promotes such a culture through the co-creation of inspiring projects.

b) Providing support for teacher and school leaders, such as, staff development, redesigning time, and developing partnerships with relevant organisations (local industries, research organisations, parents associations and policy makers), and

c) Suggesting a range of possible activities from small-scale activities through to setting up an “open school within a school”

Summer School participants will be given the opportunity to explore the content of the primary and junior cycle science curricula in the context of the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals, i.e. protecting our global ecosystem, fostering biodiversity and sustainability. For example participants will:

- Explore the importance of the identification of pollinators and how human activities are impacting on pollinators and the vital contribution that pollinators make to the global food supply.

- Examine how much water it takes to produce the goods/foods we use/eat and the global need to protect water supplies.

- Investigate how the food choices we make negatively impact climate change and lead to a loss of biodiversity.

- Study the social and educational aspects of the National Broadband Plan and its impact on students, teachers and citizens.

Through engagement with these local and global issues, teachers will be supported to design and implement Open Schooling in their own schools, with a theme that is linked to the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals but, is highly relevant to their region and locality.

In September 2019, follow-up professional development will be provided to teachers who wish to avail of additional mentoring and support in the upcoming school year.

Course Fee: €nil (including lunch, tea/coffee, teacher resources and supplementary materials).

For more information please contact the Irish OSOS Project Officer: Dr. Theresa Tallon by email at osos@dcu.ie

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