A consortium of researchers from 8 European nations has successfully applied to the EU commission for funding the PARSEL (Popularity and Relevance in Science Education for Scientific Literacy) project, which aims at raising the popularity and relevance of science teaching and enhancing students' scientific and technological literacy, through identification of suitable teaching-learning materials based on relevant context-based educational approaches. These approaches, identifiable within the teaching-learning materials, are expected to focus on socio-scientific issues, promote the acquisition of a range of personal and social skills (including cognitive skills associated with investigatory scientific problem solving and socio-scientific decision making) and clarify the relevancy of science education for the 21st century. This symposium will introduce and discuss the project PARSEL ideas within a framework of related studies that helped shape the current vision of PARSEL. We will present the theoretical background and an empirical base derived from the OECD PISA study and the German Curricular Delphi Study in Chemistry. An important goal of the symposium is the further development of the PARSEL profile, including more innovative approaches and expanding the existing network beyond the European borders.
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Research on Science Education (narst), Baltimore, Usa, March/april 2008, 2008
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Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Research on Science Education, 2008