A flexible, educational programme focusing on environmental issues in the local community that provides students aged 9-13 with experience and knowledge on how to develop new solutions to the challenges they face.
Purpose and process
Through active learning, students are encouraged to find interesting questions, conduct research into opportunities and solutions to defined problems, seek knowledge and think creatively. They work through 5 phases:
- Detective - by conducting a survey of their own environment, students look for issues related to the theme of clean energy that they feel are particularly important, inspiring and interesting;
- Now I've got an idea! - individually and in groups, students work to develop solutions to their identified issues;
- Now what? - they choose a key research question they want to study and then link with other groups making the same choice in order to develop a plan for finding and realising solutions;
- This was it! - students prepare to present their project and their SMART solutions to parents and other members of their local community;
- The way forward - reflection on what has been learnt and the value and usefulness of the solutions.
- Develop their ability to detect, define and solve problems, based on their own experiences, knowledge and interests
- Learn to seek knowledge and think creatively
- Build enterprising skills, attitudes and behaviours, including team work, making choices, communication and presentation
- Practise research skills
- Increase their awareness of the needs of others as well as themselves
Curricular or thematic relevance
The programme fits with Norwegian curriculum goals associated with a wide range of subjects, including maths, arts and crafts and science; other subjectsto which it could be linked include citizenship and geography.
How to organise:
Flexible - some aspects could take place during timetabled lessons whilst other parts of the programme may use extra-curricular time; it can be completed over a few days or several weeks but must include opportunities for students to use learning venues outside their school
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Phase 5 of the programme focuses on peer and teacher assessment and evaluation and formative assessment is built into the overall process
Students will come into contact with members of the local community, including parents, during their survey in Phase 1 and also during their presentations in Phase 4
The programme connects to the 'Nysgjerrigper' method of mutual benefit.
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This seems to be a great tool that addresses several issues at the same time and is taught in an interesting way - high level of interaction. I believe the tool has a great potential for adaptation into different cultures.