the 3rd African Conference on Research in Chemistry Education

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Creator APOTHEKER Jan; University of Groningen, NETHERLANDS

Description In the project, Irresistible (Apotheker et al., 2016) 14 partners have worked together to raise awareness to Responsible Research and Innovation through Inquiry Based Science Education. Universities worked together with Science Centers and Schools. Within the Universities the departments of (chemical or science) education were involved as well as research institutes that do science research. In the 10 countries participating in this project ‘Community of Learners’(CoL) were formed in which researchers, teachers, educational specialists and specialists in informal learning from science centers work together. If possible specialists from industry were added to the CoL. In this first round the aim is to have at least five schools represented in the CoL. The partners in the project IRRESISTIBLE have designed 17 modules for students to: Increase content knowledge about research by bringing topics of cutting edge research into the program Foster a discussion among the students about RRI issues about the topics that are introduced. In the modules, the science content is presented with a context as the leading start. The context is needed in order to capture the attention of the students and increase their motivation to work on the project. It makes the science content relevant to them. The context also sets the stage for the learning process. In the module from Israel, titled ‘the RRI of Perovskite-based Photovoltaic Cells’ (Blonder et al., 2016) for example the students in a ninth-grade class are asked to find arguments pro and contra the installation of solar energy in the windows of their school. After learning the science needed to understand the working of these solar cells in a science center, they come back to school to study about energy transition. In the end, they build exhibits to inform the other stakeholders in the school about the aspects playing a role in the decision about solar panels. Contexts are a powerful tool in motivating students to learn about science in general and chemistry in particular.   References Apotheker, J. H., Blonder, R., Akaygun, S., Reis, P., Kampschulte, L., &Laherto, A. (2016). Responsible research and innovation in secondary school science classrooms: Experiences from the project irresistible. Pure and Apllied Chemistry, 88(December), online. Blonder, R., Rosenfeld, S., Barad, R., Bar-Dov, Z., Khatib, F., Rap, S., et al. (2016). The RRI of perovskite-based photovoltaic cells. Rehovot, Israel: the Weizmann Institute ( This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research; technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 612367
Publisher ACRICE2017
Date 2017-10-02 10:34:06
Type Peer-reviewed Paper
Source ACRICE2017; The third african conference on research in chemistry education
Language en
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