Science Education

Focuses on (1) enhancing the current education process to better equip citizens with the necessary knowledge and skills so they can participate in research and innovation debates; and (2) increasing the number of researchers (promote scientific vocations). 

What motivates you to involve research-and-society issues in your science education projects?
Diversity and Inclusion #Reflection and Anticipation #Openness and Transparency #Responsiveness and Adaptive Change

Examples

  • Making science education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers attractive to both women and men
  • Supporting citizens in making informed decisions 
  • Enabling learners to play active roles in R&I processes 
  • Helping put STEM within its societal context
  • Increasing stakeholder awareness that R&I can create solutions affecting their daily lives 
  • Encouraging stakeholder participation in R&I
How do you encourage stakeholder participation in R&I?
Reflection and Anticipation #Openness and Transparency

Examples

  • Working on real-life challenges or current R&I projects involving STEM topics with ethical, legal or social aspects
  • Employing innovative teaching methods, such as inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, cooperative learning methods, etc.
  • Using diverse methodologies to engage different stakeholders, such as community based research, participatory governance initiatives, etc.
Which stakeholders are taking part in your education activities, and why?
Diversity and Inclusion

Examples

  • Formal education providers, because… 
  • Informal education providers, because…
  • Industry representatives, because…
  • Civil society organisations, because…
  • Research community members (researchers, technicians, communicators, etc.), because…
  • Policy and decision makers, because…
  • Families, because…
  • Citizens, because…
How do you promote reflection on R&I in your science education activities?
Reflection and Anticipation

Examples

  • Conferring on different values, needs and perceptions, such as health inequality, animal welfare, fair investment...
  • Making room for deliberations on how to frame R&I questions
  • Discussing R&I methods and potential improvements to the R&I process
  • Analysing the roles of the different stakeholders
How do you promote reflection on R&I’s impacts (ethical, legal, economic, environmental, social) in your science education activities?
Reflection and Anticipation

Examples

  • We reflect on the expected impacts by… 
  • We reflect on the unexpected impacts by… 
  • We do not normally reflect on the impacts of R&I, because…
What stages of the R&I process are covered in your educational activities, and why?
Diversity and Inclusion #Reflection and Anticipation #Openness and Transparency #Responsiveness and Adaptive Change

Examples

  • All stages, because….
  • Exploration, because…
  • Development, because…
  • Implementation, because…
  • Monitoring and evaluation, because…
  • Dissemination, because…
How do you provide tailored information and education resources to specific stakeholder groups?
Diversity and Inclusion #Reflection and Anticipation #Openness and Transparency

Examples

  • Utilising a variety of media
  • Adapting text according to target groups
  • Modifying styles and formats according to target groups
  • Using different outreach channels (including innovative science communication formats)
  • Conducting assorted outreach events
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