How “Discover the COSMOS”, “PATHWAY”, “Go-Lab” and “Inspiring Science Education” are changing the science education in European high schools
Physics Faculty, University of Athens, Panepistimioupoli, Ilissia 15771, Greece
Published online: 29 April 2014
It has been noted by various reports that during recent years, there has been an alarming decline in young people’s interest for science studies and mathematics. Since it is believed that the traditional teaching methods often fail to foster positive attitudes towards learning science, the European Commission has made intensive efforts to promote science education in schools though new methods based on the inquiry methodology of learning: questions, search and answers. This should be coupled to laboratories and hands-on experience which should be structured and scaffolded in a pedagogically meaningful way. ”PATHWAY”, “Discover the COSMOS” and “ISE” have been providing the lesson plans and the best practices for teachers and students and “Go-lab” is working towards an integrated set up of on-line labs for large scale use in science education. In the next sections some concrete examples which aim to bring the High Energy Physics (HEP) frontier research to schools will be given.
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