STEAM Learning Ecologies

STEAM Learning Ecologies

STE(A)M Learning Ecologies (SLEs) is an EU-funded project (Horizon Europe) developing engaging open schooling-enabled science learning paths for all in learning continuums of formal and informal education settings focusing on inclusiveness. The project highlights the necessary conditions for bringing together all formal, non-formal and informal education actors, as well as enterprises and the civil society and giving all space and motivation to take initiative and central roles.  By building on promising previous results, the project proposes a framework that facilitates the creation of inclusive educational synergies in the form of interconnected knowledge ecosystems. The project is also studying the benefits of open schooling as a driving force in European and national policymaking. To achieve these, SLEs is introducing the powerful concept of “learning ecologies” as vehicles for envisaging and realising impactful local open schooling partnerships.  A Learning Ecology is the physical, social and cultural context in which learning takes place.

What a Learning Ecology is

 A Learning Ecology is the physical, social, and cultural context in which learning takes place. Like natural ecosystems, learning ecologies have physical dimensions, which may include easy access to nature, science museums or advanced science programmes and internships. However, we are less used to thinking about the sociocultural dimensions of learning ecologies. Robust science learning ecologies, like their counterparts in nature, are characterised by diversity and local adaptations. A robust science learning ecology contains a variety of programmes, across institutions and places, allowing students different and multiple ways to engage with science in the form of a learning continuum.

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Insights from the SLEs Second reflection workshop 

Insights from the SLEs Second reflection workshop 

The SLEs project held its second reflection workshop. An opportunity to bring together all the actors engaged in the piloting of a STE(A)M Learning Ecology to exchange experiences and plan for the upcoming scale-up phase.

Empowering educators: Designing SLEs at the Future Classroom Lab

Empowering educators: Designing SLEs at the Future Classroom Lab

23 teachers motivated to improve their teaching practices attended a workshop organised by the SLEs team. The event was part of a week-long course organised by European Schoolnet and held at the Future Classroom Lab (FCL) in Brussels.

Exploring Ecological Beaches: On-Field Activity with ISPRA

Exploring Ecological Beaches: On-Field Activity with ISPRA

Last month, middle school students in Italy participated in an outdoor educative day at the Long Term Ecological Research Station ‘Torre Flavia’ (Rome).

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