To support Science Education Day 2018 let’s take a look at some aspects of science education that helps integrate science into all of our lives. Whether you work in an EU funded project or are in contact with one, you know that education about science is incredibly important to further research and open the gates for new scientific discoveries.
What about science communication and science education?
Far from science education being confined to a teacher in a classroom, science communication is now an integral part of science education, as can be seen by the continuously increasing number of publications related to the merging of these two fields1. From the importance of providing a clear explanation of a concept to the engagement with the media, science communication has brought a lot to the way we teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) nowadays, helping to bring cutting-edge science into everyday society. Whole university courses have been created to bridge the gap between science and the public, helping science education become more relevant and measuring what has worked and what hasn’t to help shape the future. Our CEO, Camille Cocaud used to work in science education and this to say on the matter:
Science education represents a wide spectrum of activities tailored to educate audiences on some subjects. Some of those activities involve creating a flyer, a comic, a poster, or even a short video. In this case, science communication skills are key to better convey your messages, in an effective and enticing way!
Implementing these activities helps to get your messages across more easily. Don’t forget that science education is not just limited to university or high-school students, it also includes the very young, elderly and those that may have socio-economic or educational problems. Science communication can help you science education become more inclusive for all.
This isn’t just refined to academia…
Science education, its benchmarking and analysis is so important that the European Commission has allocated millions of euros of funding towards it. One example is in the SwafS calls:
SwafS-11 from 2017:
Calls like these show that the topic is important enough to warrant years of research. I’m sure we are all looking forward to seeing what the winners of this call contribute to the world of science education!
Interactive science education
New ways of science education are becoming more and more popular. Science museums are interactive and playful, there is even a “Science Bus” that might come to your city! Having this “hands-on” approach helps learning through generating interest and creating a bond between the learner and the science itself.
Back home I used to visit the “Science Gallery” in Dublin a lot to visit the new exhibits (living a 5-minute walk away also helped!). The method of storytelling, art and science used makes for a fantastic experience and visitors walk away really having learned something new and interesting, not just scientifically but often morally too.
Education for the future
Science education is vital to our society. Especially in children, as they are the future decision-makers. Having more informed politicians and corporate leaders can help slow down the advance of climate change, increase the level of healthcare and imagine new technologies that we can’t even think of today! Blending science education with communication is shifting the paradigm into a more accessible form of science learning, giving us a brighter future to look forward to.
So do you think about science communication when providing science education? What are your favourite exhibits, conferences, media etc. when it comes to learning about and teaching science? For all your science communication needs for your education don’t hesitate to send us a mail at email@example.com!
1 See for example: Special issue: Bridging Science Education and Science Communication research, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, vol. 52, Issue 2, 2015, pp. 135-262. and Trna J, Trnova, E, The Current Paradigms of Science Education and Their Expected Impact on Curriculum, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol 197, 2015, pp. 271-277
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