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ACTIVITY 5.2.2 Young People and Science

European Commission Science in Society program



Land to the fog, fly to learning

University of Thessaly
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Water pollution

Leibniz University of Hannover
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Life in the universe

Kristianstad University
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My house on the moon

Twente University
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Nix the nicotine

Ben Gurion University of the Negev
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Global warming

University of Cyprus
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Genetically modified plants

Cyprus University of Technology
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Adapted Environments

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Project CoReflect (Title: Digital support for Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reflection on Socio-Scientific Debates) is a three year (2008-2011) research program, funded by the European Commission, under the FP7 Science in Society program. Bringing together eight diverse and multi-disciplinary teams from seven European states, the project members promoted evidence-based practice in science teaching and learning, by collaborating to iteratively design, enact, critique, and validate problem-based innovative inquiry learning environments. These environments, which are being hosted on the STOCHASMOS web-based teaching and learning platform, coupld data-rich scientific rigor with the flexibility and easy modifiability that is needed for widespread adoption and use by teachers.


Project News

  • CoReflect will be presented at the 14th Biennial Conference EARLI 2011 which will be held in Exeter, UK from 30th August to 3rd September 2011. More information.
  • CoReflect will be presented at the 9th biannual conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) 2011 which will be held in Lyon, France from 5th to 9th September 2011. More information.
  • CoReflect was presented at the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL2011): Connecting computer supported collaborative learning to policy and practice,which was held in  Hong Kong, China, July 4-8, 2011.
  • A CoReflect workshop was implemented on Saturday, 7/5/2011 in Syros, Greece for educators interested in the use of new information and communication technologies. The workshop was organised by the University of Thessaly, Greece.
  • CoReflect was presented at the Scientix European Conference  which was held in Brussels, Belgium, May 6-8, 2011. See poster presentation.
  • Three CoReflect hands-on workshops were held on the 9th March 2011 (Limassol, Cyprus), 17th March 2011 (Ammochostos, Cyprus) and 7th April 2011 (Larnaca, Cyprus). The aim of the workshops was the presentation of the STOCHASMOS platform and related learning environements. The workshops was held in the Greek language. Read more...
  • A new version of the Stochasmos User Manual (Feb 2011) is now available in Greek. In this version, the Search tool manual was added.
  • CoReflect participated at the ASE Annual Conference 2011, which was held at the University of Reading, England from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th January 2011.
  • A new version of the Stochasmos User Manual_(Dec. 2010) is now available in English. In this version, the Search tool manual was added.
  • CoReflect was presented at the conference “The use of innovative technology-enhanced learning environments in education” on the 6th November 2010 at the University of Cyprus, Lefkosia, Cyprus. The conference was in the Greek language. 
  • Cally Oldershaw (Curriculum Development Manager, ASE) attended the S-TEAM meeting in Glasgow from the 13-15 October, 2010 on behalf of CoReflect (S-TEAM 2010). The title of the Conference was Science Fiction: Inquiries into the future of science education. The conference brought together 112 participants from 12 countries, from science education, teacher education, schools and universities, including representatives of the current EU-funded projects ESTABLISH, FIBONACCI, PRIMAS and SCIENTIX. The main purpose of the conference was to agree a common agenda for science education, and specifically teacher education in the STEM or MST fields for the next decade. A preliminary report has been sent to the EU.
  • Cally Oldershaw of ASE represented CoReflect at the 9th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL2010), which took place in Porto in Portugal on November 4-5th 2010, with the paper: "Participatory Design to Support Students’ Web-based Inquiry of Complex, Socio-scientific Problems" and ECEL2010 poster
  • Cally Oldershaw (Curriculum Development Manager, ASE) attended the S-TEAM meeting in Glasgow from the 13-15 October, 2010 on behalf of CoReflect. The title of the Conference was Science Fiction: Inquiries into the future of science education.
  • Vassilis Kollias of UTh represented CoReflect at the 7th Pan-Hellenic Conference with International Participation "ICT in Education" (HCICTE 2010), which took place on September 23-26 2010 with the paper: "Web-based learning environments supporting socio-scientific decision making".
  • Andreas Redfords of HKr represented CoReflect at the GIREP-ICPE-MPTL conference 2010 "Teaching and Learning Physics today: Challenges? Benefits?", which took place on Aug.22-27 2010, with the paper: "Web-based learning environments supporting socio-scientific decision making".
  •  CoReflect participated at the  9th International conference on Computer Based Learning in Science, CBLIS 2010 ("Modeling and Simulation in Inquiry-Oriented Learning Environments"), on 4-7 July in Warsaw, Poland, with the paper: "How the design of a web-based inquiry learning environment stimulated student discussions about evidence credibility" (CUT).
  • CoReflect participated at the  9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) "Learning in the Disciplines" on June 29 - July 2 2010, in Chicago, USA with the paper: “Scaffolding students in evaluating the credibility of evidence using a reflective web-based inquiry environment in Biotechnology” (by CUT) and with the symposium: “The Educative and Scalable Functions of Authoring Tools to Support Inquiry-based Science Learning” (by BGU, CUT, HKr and LUH).
  • Costas Constantinou from UCY gave a talk on the topic: "Enhancing the authenticity of student experience with web based scaffolds for scientific inquiry: examples from the validation of learning environments on the STOCHASMOS platform" at the Innovative Education Forum 2010, a conference organized by Microsoft Cyprus, on June 24th 2010 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Cally Oldershaw from the ASE visited Cyprus and gave four presentations related to the CoReflect learning environments that are currently available. Presentations were given to primary and secondary school teachers and also to a group of researchers and advanced graduate students. Presentations took place in Nicosia on May13th 2010 and in Limassol on May 17th 2010. 
  • Freda Terzian, from the CUT LWG won a Distinction award at the Pedagogical Institute Contest for effective use of ICT in high schools across Cyprus.
  • The third Steering Board meeting took place in Hannover, Germany on Feb.1-3 in 2010. The event was hosted by the Leibniz University of Hannover.
  • CoReflect was represented at the ASE Annual Conference 2010: “Inspirational Science, The best in science teaching and learning” (University of Nottingham, 6-9 January 2010) .CoReflect organized two events: a) a hands-on workshop on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 (International Day) titled: "The CoReflect Approach: Using Digital Tools To Support Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reflection on Socio-Scientific Debates" and b) a talk on  Thursday, January 7, 2010, titled: "The Coreflect Approach: The Examples of The GMOs and Fog Web-Based Reflective Inquiry Environments".
  • CoReflect was represented at the 10th EMBO/EMBL Science & Society Conference, with Frederiki Terzian (member of the CUT LWG). The conference took place on November 6th-7th 2009 in Heidelberg, Germany. See photos of the event!
  •  The second CoReflect Knowledge Sharing Workshop (KSWII) took place in Volos, Greece between June 30th and July 2nd 2009.  The event was hosted by the University of Thessaly.  Read more about KSWII by visiting the link above.
  • CoReflect was represented at the PARSEL 2009 international conference in Berlin (March 1-4, 2009).
  • The second Steering Board Meeting took place in Kristianstad in Sweden on February 2-5 in 2009.  The event was hosted by Kristianstad University.
  • Andreas Hadjichambis of the LWG of the Cyprus University of Technology presented a poster on: "CoReflect: Digital support for inquiry, collaboration and reflection in socio-scientific debates"  at the Panhellenic conference: "Contemporary issues of research on Ecology", which took place at the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece on Oct.9-12th 2008.
  • The first CoReflect Knowledge Sharing Workshop (KSWI) took place at Twente University, The Netherlands, between May 23-May 25, 2008.  The event was hosted by Twente University and Ben Gurion University Israel. 
  • The CoReflect kick-off meeting took place in Limassol, Cyprus (March 2008), hosted by the Cyprus University of Technology.

CoReflect Highlights

  • Journal publication: Nicolaidou, I., Kyza, E. A., Terzian, F., Hadjichambis, A., & Kafouris, D. (2011). A framework for scaffolding students' assessment of the credibility of evidence. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, doi: 10.1002/tea.20420
  • Project overview: Read an overview of the CoReflect project, its goals and objectives.
  • Download a CoReflect leaflet!
  • Download the CoReflect booklet!
  • Project publishable summary: Read a publishable summary of the first 18 months of the CoReflect project!


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