Kew to be involved in the new INQUIRE education project
Kew is delighted to be a partner in INQUIRE, a pan-European project which aims to reinvigorate inquiry-based science education.
10 Jun 2011
Inquiry-based science education engages children in the process of scientific inquiry.
Kew is delighted to be a partner in INQUIRE, a newly funded European Union project which aims to reinvigorate inquiry-based science education in formal and informal education systems, in particular for Learning Outside the Classroom sites throughout Europe.
Designed to reflect how students actually learn, inquiry-based science education also engages them in the process of scientific inquiry. Increasingly it is seen as key to developing their scientific literacy, enhancing their understanding of scientific concepts and heightening their appreciation of how science works.
Coordinated by Innsbruck University Botanic Garden with support from Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BCI), INQUIRE will involve 17 partners in 11 countries. A one-year training course will be developed for Learning Outside the Classroom educators in inquiry-based learning methods, research methodology and assessment techniques. Through training, ongoing mentoring and promotion of best practice, the project will aim to roll this course out to as many providers as possible and embed this pedagogy within European education systems.
A focus on biodiversity and climate change
The subject content of the course will focus on the major global issues of the 21st century — biodiversity loss and climate change — and will build on already published teaching resources as well as on newly created resources.
Botanic gardens and other Learning Outside the Classroom educators institutions are wonderful learning sites for children and adults alike. Engaging these sites in offering teacher training courses in inquiry-based science education techniques will be an effective way to motivate teachers to implement inquiry-based learning in classrooms.
For Kew, this project offers a key development in the delivery of our Breathing Planet Programme. The first meeting of the project was held at Wakehurst in early May 2011, and over 40 partner members attended.
- University of Innsbruck, Austria
- Botanic Gardens Conservation International, UK
- King's College London University, UK
- Museo Tridentino di Science Naturali, Trento, Italy
- Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK
- Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid, Spain
- University of Bremen, Germany
- University of Sofia, Bulgaria
- National Botanic Garden of Belgium
- Schulbiologisches Zentrum Hannover, Germany
- Bordeaux Botanic Garden, France
- Coimbra Botanic Garden, Portugal
- Moscow State University Botanic Garden, Russia
- Natural History Museum, Botanic Garden, Norway
- Rhododendron-Park Botanic Garden, Bremen, Germany
- Royal Botanic Garden, Juan Carlos I, Spain
- University of Lisbon Botanic Garden, Portugal
For enquiries please contact Gail Bromley, Education Development Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
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