Implementing Creative Strategies into Science Teaching
CREAT-IT project aims to strengthen primary and secondary school teacher skills in science education by integrating elements of creativity, artistry and multidisciplinary collaboration into the curriculum.
Source of Funding: Comenius Programme of the European Commission
Project Duration: 11/2013 – 10/2015
Project Website: www.creatit-project.eu
Stord/Haugesund University College – HSH, Norway
University of Exeter, Great Britain
Elinogermaniki Agogi, Greece
Science View, Greece
Forma Scienza, Italy
Center for the Promotion of Science, Serbia
In an environment where educational policy makers tend to reduce teaching to a reproduction of facts and formulas, and teaching methods to a superficial and isolated transfer of information, there isn’t enough space for encouraging curiosity and developing critical thinking among students. In response to this CREAT-IT project was designed, with its main objective being raising awareness among teachers about the possibilities of modern pedagogical practices. The project has three main educational modules which follow the inquiry-based science education (IBSE) concept – Write a Science Opera, Science Theatre and Junior Science Café.
Managing the Work Package 6 (WP6), the Centre for the Promotion of Science led a systematic evaluation of the proposed pedagogical framework, teaching modules and supporting materials. Evaluation activities included quantitative and qualitative testing of participants of CREAT-IT workshops organised during the entire implementation of the project.