Summer school information

Course title 
PRACTICES FOSTERING CREATIVITY IN EARLY YEARS SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

Where?
In a five-star hotel with excellent conference facilities on the island of Crete, Greece (the exact venue will become known in due course).

When?
From 30th June 2013 (starting at 17:00 hours) to 5th July 2013 (ending at 13:00 hours).

Organisers
Ellinogermaniki Agogi and the University of Crete. The two institutions have collaborated in the past for the organization of a number of very successful training events and summer schools in Crete.

Course short description 
Throughout the course teachers will experience inquiry-based and creative approaches in 3 different modes: a) as learners participating in science and mathematics inquiry-based activities fostering creativity; b) as teachers implementing inquiry-based and creative approaches in their science and mathematics classes; and c) as researchers collecting, examining and interpreting data about their practice and their students’ learning. The course will leverage an inquiry-based creative approach through hands-on and reflection sessions to experience the principles of inquiry-based and creative science learning, while introducing the basics of curriculum design research and exploring teacher education curriculum design principles. The latter cover: learning activities, role of teacher educator, materials and resources, grouping, location, time; and assessment.

Reflective and collaborative practices will be promoted and during the hands-on sessions attention will be paid to formative assessment and feedback. 

Finally, course participants will be introduced to learning repositories for sharing learning resources and will explore best practices of using digital technologies and resources to promote creative science learning. They will be given the opportunity and tools to design their own teaching materials using digital content resources from digital repositories and collections of science museums and centres. 

The training course overall comprises 10 hours of guided explorations, and 15 hours of hands-on workshops. All participants will have direct access to PCs (although participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops) as needed to enhance the hands-on activities. Visits to non-formal learning settings (such as the Skinakas Observatory, and/or the Natural History Museum of Crete, and/or the Cretaquarium) will introduce participants to ways of using such settings with their students for creative science learning.


For additional information download the Summer school brochure here or contact the organisers (Dr. Fani Stylianidou fani@ea.gr, Dimitris Rossis drossis@ea.gr)