|Wednesday 23rd August Symposia Session II, 09:00 - 11:00
The project IRRESISTIBLE has designed modules for students to raise awareness about RRI in two ways:
• Increasing content knowledge about research by bringing topics of cutting edge research into the program
• Fostering a discussion among the students about RRI issues about the topics that are introduced.
In the 17 modules that were produced by the project topics of current day research are introduced to students in a systematic way. In several ways aspects of RRI are introduced and discussed by the students.
Professionalization of the teachers
The modules were designed by teachers, researchers, experts from science centers and educational experts. In the first round of these Community of Learners the focus was on the design of the modules. In the second round the modules produced were tried out with a new group of teachers, coached by one of the teachers in round 1.
Through questionnaires the development of the teachers was followed in both rounds.
The use of exhibits as an assessment tool
As a didactic backbone of the modules an adapted 5E model was used. In this model Exhibits were used as a product to communicate the science learned. In addition the students were asked to demonstrate the Responsible Research and Innovation activities in the exhibits.
In a number of case studies the design and the effect of the use of exhibits was monitored
The introduction of RRI
Responsible Research and Innovation, a concept developed within the EU, was introduced together with the new science concepts.
The effect of the introduction of RRI on the attitude of students towards RRI was monitored using on line questionnaires
The introduction of new science
In the 17 modules that were designed recent research was successfully introduced to students. Topics ranged from nanotechnology to climate change as well as health issues.
Chairperson: Jan Apotheker, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Discussant: Lorenz Kampschulte, IPN, Germany