Tuesday 20

RRI in practice for schools: A handbook for teachers

Posted by European Schoolnet on 20 Dec 2016

The readers of this blog will agree on that the integration of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles in educative contexts is certainly beneficial for students, as it supports them - among others - in the development of critical, creative and open-minded thinking and furthers cooperative learning aptitudes. Moreover, it upholds transversal educational frameworks that can benefit collaborative planning in school activities and promotes the introduction of multidisciplinary learning exercises in the classroom.

In that manner, it is essential to construct principles that will support the implementation of RRI in academic teaching and learning activities, both at primary and secondary level. Particularly, it is recommended that educators consider applying continuous self-reflection processes, to determine how RRI-oriented their practices are. 

Along these lines, European Schoolnet has developed an educational handbook entitled “RRI in practice for schools. Handbook for teachers” with the aim of helping educators to develop and implement RRI practices in the classroom as well as to include self-reflection processes in their everyday practices.


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Thursday 15

A Science Centre as an open classroom to learn, play, discuss and reflect

Posted by Ecsite on 15 Dec 2016

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

― Helen Keller

We know for quite a long time that active, inquiry-based learning is designed to help teachers build their students’ learning skills in an open environment. If we combine this learning methodology with the PBL, or Problem-based learning, we get a tantalising combination that currently young students from Tartu, Estonia are enjoying when they spend a whole day at the AHHAA Science Centre, in the context of the AHA STUDY DAY.


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Thursday 03

Gathering RRI & RRI learning practices: the HEIRRI database is now online!

Posted by HEIRRI on 03 Nov 2016

The new database of the HEIRRI project is now published online and available for everyone interested in RRI and RRI learning! The database compiles 23 exemplary cases related to RRI and RRI learning in higher education institutions, such as EU projects, different teaching/pedagogical approaches, programmes, courses, a policy document and a report.


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Monday 03

Xplore Health Programme – bridging the gap between RRI and education

Posted by Xplore, European Schoolnet, IrsiCaixa and Ellinogermaniki Agogi on 03 Oct 2016

To help bring RRI to life, the RRI Tools project has identified eight showcases, which are good examples of RRI in practice. We will introduce you to each of these, explaining what it is and why they are good representatives of RRI. At the end of the article, find a testimonial on how you could use the showcase training resource to have a better understanding of RRI, get trained and train others.

Science education has a very critical role for the implementation of the new paradigm of RRI where a different relationship between science and society is to be established. As stated in the European Commission document of Science With and for Society: “investing in making scientific and research careers more attractive for young people improves their culture, prepares them to act as well-informed citizens and equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills to match the current and future labour market needs“. How should scientific and research careers be made attractive for young people? How do we need to prepare our future generations to be disposed and prepared to participate in R&I and in R&I decision-making?


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Friday 30

A tiny story of dice, RRI and many worthy conversations

Posted by Ecsite on 30 Sep 2016

The creation of the RRI Dice is the result of leaving the common working place and using an unusual setting to let the imagination run. It worked. After a couple of hours of doodling, brainstorming and talking about simple but creative ways to start a RRI conversation, we got to one of most basic elements of human-invented games: a dice. We can’t stop being surprised about this gadget invented more than 4,000 years ago, which gives plenty of possible uses! It’s a perfect example of what Henry Thoreau said: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”: most people can look at the dice and see just a cube, but we see infinite possible conversations and discussions. This small, throwable object, will randomly invite us to talk on certain topics.  Are you wondering about the unusual setting? Well, yes, a charming café in Saint Boniface Quartier, in Brussels.


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