The project

The principal objective of the PERFORM project is to deeply investigate the effects of the
establishment of a direct interaction and communication between young people and
researchers in the promotion of young people’s motivations and engagement in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Such direct interaction and communication
will be established by using innovative science education methods based on performing arts

PERFORM will explore, through participatory action research, the effects of a human-centred
science education approach based on the use of performing arts in increasing the secondary school girls’ and boys’ learning about and engagement in STEM

The targets

• To explore new science education methods based on scenic arts that lead secondary school students to understand and to learn about STEM.
• To identify and challenge limitations faced by secondary school teachers and early career researchers in teaching and communicating STEM to young people.
• To assess the impact of the participatory educational process in fostering secondary school students’ motivations and engagement in science and with RRI values.
• To implement a sound communication strategy for the dissemination and explotaition of the research’s results for widespread policy adoption and implementation across Europe.

The methods

There is an education research interest in exploring the effectiveness of a diversity of arts-based education approaches that are currently but not-systematically used in educational contexts, although mainly informal, in motivating young people in STEM. PERFORM will develop a creative, participatory educational process on STEM through the use of scenic arts in selected formal education settings in Europe. Secondary school students and their teachers, together with early career researchers, will get actively involved in experiencing science and reflecting about their own role in the interface between science and society, the scientific practice and the values embedded in Responsible Research and Innovation. By using such a human-centred approach to science education, the PERFORM project aims to shed light over the current academic debates on how humanising science contributes to foster young people’s motivations towards science learning, and strengthen the transversal competences required for science careers and jobs.