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Pages: 1522-1531
Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 978-84-616-3847-5
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2013
Location: Seville, Spain

PREVENT PLANT BLINDNESS THROUGH INQUIRY - RESULTS OF THE EUROPEAN PROJECT INQUIRE

D. Elster

University of Bremen (GERMANY)
INQUIRE (Inquiry based Teacher Training for a Sustainable Future) is an EU FP7 project that supports the development of science literacy and inquire based science education (IBSE) in Europe. 14 partners from different learning-out-of school environments coming from 11 countries are participating in the project coordinated by the University of Innsbruck in Austria [1].

INQUIRE focuses on the implementation of IBSE in formal and informal settings by developing, testing and running IBSE training courses about the subject content biodiversity loss and climate change. Botanic Gardens and Science Centers support teachers and educators to develop their proficiency in IBSE by offering activities based outside the classroom in highly motivating surroundings [2].

In Germany, the University of Bremen Department of Biology Education is working together with the Botanic Garden in Bremen and the Science Centre “Climate House” in Bremerhaven. The goal is the development of a 60-hours training course linking formal and informal learning.
The “INQUIRE for Students Training Course” is part of the pre-service teacher training program for ongoing biology teachers. In the course teacher students, active teachers, botanic garden educators, scientists and science educators are building a Community of Practice to learn from each other [3] and to develop a shared understanding of how IBSE can be facilitated in the school classroom and in the biological garden. The content of the developed IBSE activities are closely connected to the curriculum in the fields of “climate and ice”, “plants and climate”, “biodiversity global” and “biodiversity loss and climate change”. The main aim is to promote a model of the learner as an autonomous and independent thinker who is capable of dealing successfully to prevent "plant blindness" [4]. This is the un-capacity to realize plants as the important living and their importance for human beings and the biodiversity.

The evaluation of the training course is conducted using qualitative and quantitative methods. Reflection is encouraged from all members of the "Learning Community" - teacher students, teachers, botanic garden educators and teacher trainers who also take into account their pupil’s learning [5]. Experiences with the innovative IBSE activities and evaluation results will be discussed at the conference.

References
[1] http://www.inquiebotany.org/en [download November 10th, 2012]
[2] Management Board INQUIRE (2012). Interim Report of the INQUIRE Project. http://inquirebotany.org/ [download January 11th, 2013]
[3] Elster, D. (2010). Learning Communities in Teacher Education. The Impact of e-Competence. In: International Journal of Science Education 32 (16), Routledge /Taylor & Francis (2010), 2185 – 2216
[4] Wandersee, J.H., Schussler, E.E. (2001). Preventing Plant Blindness. The American Biology Teacher, 61 (2), 2-9.
[5] Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W.M. (202). Cultivating Communities of Practice, New York: HBS Press.
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D. Elster (2013) PREVENT PLANT BLINDNESS THROUGH INQUIRY - RESULTS OF THE EUROPEAN PROJECT INQUIRE, ICERI2013 Proceedings, pp. 1522-1531.
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