Welcome to FEDORA

Regenerating the ecosystem of science learning by developing a future-oriented model to enable creative thinking, foresight and active hope as skills needed in formal and informal science education.
OUR AIMS

FEDORA will develop a future-oriented model to enable creative thinking, foresight and active hope as skills needed in formal and informal science education.

But what does "future-oriented" mean?

We recognize that we can't keep navigating a fast-paced changing present time with the old maps that have been accompanying us as society. Therefore, we need to give imagination the right place in the way we envision our systems, territoires and ways of doing. Imagination will be the driving force that will lead FEDORA's paths and proposed methods into new ways of understanding and practising science education. We want to creatively regenerate the ecosystem of science learning and intensify those approaches that will lead to open, collaborative, imaginative and curious way of thinking and doing.

OUR METHODOLOGY

Which will be our starting point?
FEDORA recognizes three misalignments.

They are true dissonances that can be brought into a nicer piece! We see a clash between, on one hand, the vertical and hyper- specialized organization of teaching in disciplines and, on the other, the inter-multi-transdisciplinary, character of innovation, and the efforts to make research and science an open and collaborative space. We see a second mismatch between the formalized and exclusive languages used in schools and the needs for new languages to enhance imagination and the capacity to talk about the contemporary challenges and last, but not least, we identify a discrepancy between the a-temporal or historically oriented teaching approaches and the need to support the young to construct visions of the future that empower actions in the present.

How is FEDORA organised?
The project has 7 Work Packages, designed in order to unfold the development of FEDORA's vision and work plan.

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  • Work Package 1
    Aligning science teaching/learning in formal contexts with the modus operandi of R&I - Analysis of blind spot 1 led by Kaunas University of Technology, LT
  • Work Package 2
    Exploring new languages, narratives and arts in science education - Analysis of blind spot 2 led by Formicablu, IT
  • Work Package 3
    Futurizing science education - Analysis of blind spot 3 led by the University of Helsinki, FI
  • Work Package 4
    Toward a model for science education for the society of acceleration and uncertainty led by the University of Bologna, IT
  • Work Package 5
    Recommendations for proactive and anticipatory policymaking led by the University of Oxford, UK
  • Work Package 6
    Behind the scenes: communicating and disseminating FEDORA in its making led by Formicablu, IT
  • Work Package 7
    Project coordination and management led by the University of Bologna, IT

News & Journaling

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Imagining the school of the future through computational simulations: scenarios’ sustainability and agency as keywords

Eleonora Barelli, University of Bologna, Italy
Computational simulations are fundamental tools not only for scientific research but also for education. They are frequently used as virtual laboratories to foster students’ understanding of the theoretical concepts that lie at the basis of the simulated systems. Recent research works in STEM education have started to explore the potential of simulations as future-oriented objects, to […]

New languages for the quantum revolutions

Sara Satanassi, University of Bologna, Italy
This is a story about an event that happened not so long ago, which ripples are reaching further...Let's recap. Thursday, May 19 at the scientific “Liceo” A. Einstein in Rimini: the final event of a laboratory “Quantum Atelier” took place.  The project was born as a result of the PLS – Piano Lauree Scientifiche – […]

Open your ears to listen to the sound of temperature rising

Andrea Troncoso, formicablu, Italy
Soon it's going to be a year since we had the opportunity to listen and talk with Andri Magnusson, the Icelandic writer who has taken as a personal quest the protection of glaciers by employing a very simple yet powerful and deep tool: language and narratives. His last and most famous book, "On time and […]
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Partner Institutions

How are we going to make it? We will shed a light into these blind spots by combining the skills of our team and at the same time, by exploring what is currently happening in the different layers that interact in science education. We will dig into the culture, into the conceptual paradigms and how institutions face the present and future in our field. Multiform sets of research methodologies will be put in place, in order to feed anticipatory polices that will mobilize visionary attitudes, sustainable and creative participation in science-related societal issues.
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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.

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FEDORA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 872841