Future

Futurizing science education -
Analysis of Blind spot 3

led by University of Helsinki, UH, Finland

The first action, led by Teach The Future (TTF), concerns desk research to recognize if and how future is part of science education. The second action, led by UH, aims to reach an in-depth understanding of European 11-19 years old students’ perception of future. This empirical investigation seeks to build a more nuanced image of some of the premises of the project: young people’s lack of temporal framework and a frantic present. These two main actions and the careful analysis and comparison of their results will lead to the production of the “Future-oriented science education manifesto”and the “FR3 - Framework to futurize science education”.

Objectives

The objectives of WP3 are:

  • a) To investigate the current status of the role of future in science education as manifested in curricula, textbooks and other educational materials;
  • b)To develop an analytical framework and methodology to study the young generations’ futures thinking, with respect to their hope, trust, desire, visionary and proactive moods in this accelerated, multi-velocity, complex and uncertain society;
  • c) To investigate and reach an in-depth understanding on how European 11-19 years old students perceive the future and how they see the role of science and technology in their personal future, in societal changes and in global futures;
  • d) To analyse the “time misalignment” and the need to futurize science education, and to suggest solutions to that end;
  • e) To elaborate design criteria of examples of future-oriented activities aimed to develop future-scaffolding skills needed to grapple with the society of uncertainty.

Deliverables

The deliverables under this Work Package are the following:

  • D3.1: First draft of recommendations for the design of materials to futurize science education (September 2021)
    The report contains recommendations for the consortium on the design of materials to futurize science education. It will be revised in the following year of the project.
  • D3.2 : Future-oriented science education manifesto (September 2022) (Public document)
    This document reports about the Manifesto, an inspirational booklet presented in a visual and multi-media way, including snapshot scenarios on possible futures.
  • D3.3 : Report entitled “FR3 - Framework to futurize science education” (November 2022)
    The report represents the main result of WP3 and contains:
    • a) the results of the desk research on curricula, textbooks, and other educational materials for science teaching, carried out to recognize if and how future is part of science education and communication;
    • b) the results of the qualitative data analysis that focuses on the visions and perceptions that the young have of the future;
    • c) a set of recommendations for the design or revision of materials and activities in order to futurize science education.
FEDORA, Future-oriented Science Education to enhance Responsibility and Engagement in the society of acceleration and uncertainty, is a 3-year EU-funded project. It started in September 2020 and will deploy its activities until August 2023. It gathers 6 partner institutions from 5 European countries.
FEDORA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 872841
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