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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A closer look into our Round Table on Proactive anticipatory policies

Andrea Troncoso, formicablu, Italy
A closer look into our Round Table on Proactive anticipatory policies With the participation of more than 50 researchers, professionals and students, the roundtable organised by FEDORA last Thursday 3 November at the University of Bologna conveyed a myriad of reflections through the contributions of its 4 keynote speakers and the conversations sparked during the […]

FEDORA's Learning Briefs

Andrea Troncoso, formicablu, Italy
FEDORA's work on the blind spots in science education has been summarised in these Learning Briefs, which present the work on Interdisciplinarity (WP1), New Languages (WP2) and Futurisation (WP3). They show the issue addressed, the framework showing the underlying principles and the working flow and recommendations. You can download them here: Learning brief on Interdisciplinarity […]

Registration is open! “Proactive anticipatory policies on science education and sustainability”, a policy-oriented roundtable

Eleonora Barelli, University of Bologna, Italy
The FEDORA partnership is inviting all professionals and researchers interested to the policy-oriented roundtable entitled “Proactive anticipatory policies on science education and sustainability” that will take place on Thursday, November 3rd at 4 p.m. Aula Prodi, Piazza di San Giovanni in Monte, Bologna. The roundtable will be chaired by Dr Antti Laherto from the University […]
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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