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 collage for active hope

By Andrea Troncoso, formicablu, Italy
Talking about open schooling might seem easier than it actually is. These two words are not difficult ones, but when they come together they unfold a new world of possibilities, that oftentimes, we are not always ready or prepare to grasp.  That´s why events like this one, a one-day workshop at a science engagement conference, […]

What are the central challenges for science and society of the future?

By Sibel Erduran and Olga Ioannidou, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
What key competencies will be needed for student to address these challenges? How can we integrate future-oriented skills into science education?  Ideas and conversations sparked around those three questions at the first official meeting of Oxford Open Schooling Network (OOSN), on November the 3rd 2021. The event was hosted by Dr. Alison Cullinane and Dr. […]

No plan is an island – establishing the Helsinki Open Schooling Network

By Tapio Rasa (University of Helsinki)
Themes of future, interdisciplinarity, languages and narratives in education were discussed at the first official Helsinki Open Schooling Network (HOSN) meeting, last September. Experts from different fields and backgrounds meet up and brainstormed lots of interesting ideas. Among those a special one emerged and was explored in depth: a science course module on the topic […]

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