Aims and objectives of the project

Aims and objectives of the project

The aims and objectives of this project are to:

  1. design and develop an innovative Storytelling Teaching Model (STM);
  2. research the History of Science (HOS) to find, for the needs of the STM, 18 interesting short science stories (from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, six in each subject), authentic or fictionalized, with some of them inherently containing key ideas of Nature of Science (NOS), adapted to be narrated to students;
  3. incorporate, in the STM, methodologies and strategies of science teaching in the socioconstructivist and sociocultural environments;
  4. raise teachers’ and students’ interest and motivation in order to improve their ideas about NOS by using the STM;
  5. make science attractive to students, so that some of them choose careers in science;
  6. develop a module (course) with about 18 short science stories that are placed in teaching scenarios, using about 15 worksheets;
  7. implement the module in science teachers’ and advisors’ training courses in all countries of the partners;
  8. implement the module for 3rd year secondary school students (NKUA), narrating and video recording it to check if students comprehend the concepts in the stories and if these stories need to be adapted, re-contextualizing them on the basis of sound pedagogical principles and the contemporary learning views of soci-ocultural approaches, so that they become comprehensible to 3rd grade secondary school students;
  9. train science teachers and advisors in the art of narration in all countries of the partners, so that they will be able to narrate science stories in their classrooms;
  10. place videos of the training in the art of narration on our resources website;
  11. create a Resource Kit for in-service science advisors and teacher-trainers, based on the STM which is enriched with innovative methodologies and teaching strategies to be used in the European setting in digital form (in English);
  12. upload this e-material on an interactive website offering wiki facilities;
  13. translate the above e-material in the partners’ languages (EL, DE, FR, PL) and upload it on their project website;
  14. use the ICT instrument for teaching science in the European and global settings, encouraging universal cooperative learning among science teachers, advisors, and students; and
  15. evaluate the project at the half-way point using external evaluators, evaluate the outcomes, and disseminate and exploit the results of the project.

Students are expected to develop an emotional understanding and comprehend the science concepts more easily, so that science becomes attractive to them and to their teachers, raising their motivation and interest, so that they will improve their ideas about the NOS. By using the STM some of the students could choose careers in science. Furthermore, students could appreciate science as a value-laden activity where objectivity, curiosity, pursuit of truth, intellectual honesty, humility, and commitment to human welfare are central.