What is GEOSCHOOLS project
GEOschools is a European Union project supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme which brings together geoscientists from universities, museums, geoparks, teaching training institutions and educators which can best “translate” geosciences into language and learning opportunities that can be understood by school students. The target of the project is to define a “Framework on geosciences literacy principles” for the general European citizens, to be applied at least, for the revision of compulsory school curricula for secondary schools for the participant countries.
Main aims of the project are: (a) bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and school knowledge in geosciences; (b) increasing the knowledge of teachers and the ability of students in valuing and appreciating geosciences; (c) improving educational skills of geosciences in European school environment; (d) establishing and sustaining a consortium on research and initiatives on geosciences didactics; and (e) supporting education for sustainability.
A further main purpose of Geoschools project would be to supplement other EU policies like “Culture” and “Environment” providing opportunities for cross-curricula links through a “horizontal”, interdisciplinary use of some key geosciences concepts like geological heritage, which is a fundamental ground concept for other cultural heritage developments of Humanity.
The key results to be issued during the development of the project are:
(a) a curriculum comparison research
(b) an interest research
(c) a school geosciences dictionary (lexicon)
(d) teaching modules on specific subjects and
(e) an interactive website/portal and an e-Newsletter.