Results & Reports
In order to achieve the objectives of Form-it complex information on Research and Education Cooperation (REC) is collected, analysed and arranged in various reports, all elaborated in English.
One essential result of the first part of the project was the Report on Research and Education Cooperation in Europe. The partners of Form-it carried out a survey on the situation of REC in their countries: The Form-it team described more than 150 REC examples in Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. These illustrate the multifaceted possibilities and difficulties in Science Education, Research and Education Cooperation and innovative didactic concepts.
The report was the basis for the Catalogue of Good Practice Examples , a collection of 31 outstanding RECs. Taking into account the very specific national conditions, the selection was carried out country by country on the basis of a common framework and a shared concept of the quality criteria to be used. The main aim was to illustrate the various issues, teaching methods and types of partnerships that were found within the survey. The catalogue functions as a promotion tool increasing visibility and accessibility of RECs in EU-member and Non-member states, and as a reflective tool for a deeper understanding of the possibilities given by RECs.
Within Form-it the International Conference "Bridging the Gap between Research and Science Education" from 12th-14th March 2008 in Vienna, served on the one hand to present all the work done by the project consortium and provided a platform for discussion and networking for persons involved in REC (teachers, promoters, researchers, students,...). On the other hand, it also formed an essential part within the working process of the whole project: Project findings and results were followed up in four workshops:
- What is good practice in Research and Education Cooperation (REC)?
- How to realise good cooperation projects?
- Could an REC project be an element of modern science education?
- How to use an individual REC to move the system ahead?
European and Non-European keynote speakers with a background in science education gave an overview of the situation and of the possibilities and challenges that REC projects have to face. In an interactive exhibition and a poster session teachers, students and scientists presented outstanding cooperation models and gave insights into their work. The Conference Proceedings bring together the wide range of inspiring contributions. Get an impression of the conference with a little slide show.
All these project activities resulted in the formulation of Practical Guidelines for Teachers and Researchers for initiating, realising and embedding REC. A joint paper on Policy Recommendations is addressed to national and European decision-makers within the educational system and the research community to support the realisation of REC.
Form-it enhanced the common understanding that REC can significantly contribute to increasing the interest of young people in science. Both, the framework in which REC is placed and the relations within REC, are essential factors in this new didactic concept that helps the educational system to close the gap between science and education.
Of course, many questions within this field of science education still remain unanswered. Some of them were formulated in a Joint Research Report to be considered on the European level within the 7th Framework Programme.