Equipping the Next Generation for Active Engagement


The project

ENGAGE (Equipping the Next Generation for Active Engagement in Science) is a project funded by the European Commission within the "Science in Society" section of its 7th Framework Programme. This three-year collaboration between fourteen partners is based on the idea that the key to encouraging a new generation to get involved in scientific issues is to change the way in which science is taught. The project deploys a teacher training plan that focuses on emerging sciences and technologies, in which the applications and implications are not yet established, highlighting the importance of values and discussion and not just long-standing facts.

The targets

•    To equip the next generation to actively engage in science-related subjects
•    To train teachers in issues regarding responsible research and innovation

The methods

A set of different tools are employed to help teachers develop the conviction, knowledge and ease required when practicing in the field - necessary skills when teaching issues linked to responsible research and innovation: on-site and online training courses; the implementation of a community of well-established teachers to support those with less experience; as well as meetings with researchers. The project is a set up using a three-stage process: adoption, adaptation and transformation. Enquiry based learning is a priority within this plan, given that it provides students with the opportunity to express themselves and become more aware of their responsibilities, leading to well informed decision-making.

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