Project CoReflect (full project name "Digital support for Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reflection on Socio-Scientific Debates") is a European research project funded under the Science in Society program of FP7. Eight organizations participate as beneficiaries in this project, the Cyprus University of Technology and the University of Cyprus representing Cyprus, the Ben Gurion University of the Negev representing Israel, the University of Twente representing the Netherlands, Kristianstad University representing Sweden, Leibniz Universitat Hannover representing Germany, University of Thessaly representing Greece, and the Association for Science Education representing the UK. The project will be implemented over a three-year period (March 2008-February 2011).
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Project CoReflect developed a European-wide network of local working groups involving university researchers, educational authorities and practising teachers at the local level. These Local Working Groups are in the process of developing digital, web-based inquiry learning environments to facilitate students working on science-related, project-based investigations. These learning environments address socio-scientific issues (such as Biotechnology, Global Warming, Nicotine Addiction, Sustainability, Astrobiology, River pollution and the Impact of fog on human life). Each environment was implemented locally in authentic classroom environments, and it is now in the process of being improved based on the data collected during the implementation. It will then be implemented a second time in another country to explore issues of transfer.
An existing web-based learning and teaching platform, STOCHASMOS (Kyza & Constantinou, 2007), is being used to support the development and hosting of these pedagogical content modules for inquiry-based teaching and learning. The platform was developed with financial support from a national research project and a Marie Curie action, is publicly accessible and offers a series of specific tools for designing student scaffolds for reflection and collaboration. During the implementation of the learning environments that have been developed in English and one other European national language, the members of each Local Working Group, including the teachers, are currently involved in various research activities to systematically investigate specific aspects of the classroom implementation of web-based learning environments for inquiry-oriented science teaching and learning.
The main objectives of the project are to:
- Develop and empirically test a multi-lingual and multimodal web-based library of inquiry learning environments, integrating reflection as part of the learning process.
- Contribute to fostering participating students’ interest in, and understanding of, socio-scientific issues that preoccupy modern societies.
- Develop a mechanism for spreading the crucial attributes that make the design of interactive learning environments about socio-scientific topics and their classroom implementation effective in existing isolated pockets of practice, taking enough care to overcome the systemic, cultural, organizational and language barriers that impede transfer of educational programs from one educational system to another.
- Engage a network of university-school-educational authority Local Working Groups in a series of research studies on specific aspects of the classroom implementation of web-based inquiry-oriented science teaching and learning environments, such as the role of student reflection in facilitating inquiry processes and the importance of collaboration in investigating hypotheses using actual scientific data.
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