University of Liverpool, Traces and Universitatea Copiilor have organised a three day workshop in Bucharest to enhance the practice of science educators, lecturers, researchers, scientists and facilitators to work with children as subjects of knowledge and right.
The workshop Dialogic Approach to Science in Society, through a variety of techniques aims to train on dialogic methods in science in society activities by exploring key concepts of science in society; reflecting on ethical values and principles towards children; exploring new paradigms on child law and education and rethinking institutional role. The Dialogic Approach to SiS workshop is designed to spark change in people, institutions and society by offering a space where people can experience dialogic methods and also reflect on their own practice as individuals, as a group or as an institution.
Over the course of three days, the participants from Universitatea Copiilor will work based on their own practice by reviewing their own concepts of childhood, assessing different paradigms of education, designing and experiencing dialogic models of education. They will be invited to answer the question: How can we develop a learning relationship with children considering them as subject of knowledge and not as mere object of scientific discourse or of the adult’s desire? On the subject of Children’s rights a similar question will be asked: How can we move from an approach that children are object of law to an approach that children are subject of law?
These two perspectives – children as a subject of knowledge and children as subject of law – will guide the participant’s exploration on their own practice, on their institution and on the relationship that is established with children in their everyday activities.
The workshop will be led by Raul Araujo.
SISSA Medialab have organised a two day training for 40 educators in Trieste’s 13 Ricreatori - municipal centres open to all children, free of charge, for tutoring, recreational activities, sport, culture. It will be based on the SiS Catalyst project results: reflections, experiences, and the tools developed to listen and empower young people.
In their official statute approved by the town council in 1997, Ricreatori di Trieste affirmed the participation of children in their governance. This has not yet happened, not through lack of goodwill, but due to the difficulties of implementing such participation.
Through this training, SISSA Medialab hopes to help make this wish a reality. Alongside a general discussion of the principles of listening and dialogue, this training will provide an opportunity to discuss and design a structure for the participation of children in the Ricreatori governance. Through theoretical presentation, group activities, and practical workshops, the educators will explore creative solutions and methods of putting the principles of participation into practice.
SISSA Medialab has invited Andrea Bou-Vinals from the University of Innsbruck, who has recently organised a children’s advisory board in her own institution to share her experience and the outcomes of this new organisation and take part in the discussion with the educators.
Last year SISSA Medialab developed la Jota Primordiale, a science magazine produced entirely by the children of one of Trieste’s Ricreatori. You can read more about it here.
Peter Gray has recently been invited into SiS Catalyst as an adviser, looking at how its activities fit into national policies, priorities and perspectives. Peter works for the Social Science Faculty of the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, as adviser on European projects.
He was project manager for S-TEAM (Science-Teacher Education Advanced Methods) from 2009-2012 and is now involved in the INSTEM project, bringing together the results of previous and current projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. With Eilish McLoughlin and Katja Maass, he was a founder of ProCoNet, the STEM project coordinators’ network.
Although nominally an ‘adviser’, Peter sees his role as a listener, reflecting back core ideas of SiS Catalyst and relating them to national policy discourses. This is a major concern at the moment, since politicians are increasingly promoting national self-interest at the expense of a larger European or global vision. Projects such as SiS Catalyst have to create a new transnational space for policy and practice, just as new spaces have been created by technological innovations such as Google or Facebook. These spaces have previously existed within projects, but the challenge now is to extend into a wider space across multiple projects. ProCoNet is holding a meeting in Brussels on June 11th 2013 to discuss this issue in relation to science and maths education.
Peter is excited about being involved in SiS Catalyst, as it moves the idea of young people’s involvement with science away from the technical aspects of classroom teaching and into society as a whole. As an MML, SiS opens up the idea of co-creation in a new way, moving out of the restricted orbit of conventional funded projects.
Despite the Norwegian connection, Peter lives and works in Edinburgh, with his partner and their teenage son.
Ethics is the latest theme to be published on our resources pages and contains a range of useful articles, books and online resources suggested by some of the speakers at our recent conference in Tartu.
Our resources page is a living library of books, articles and online resources based around certain themes. It is a space where practitioners, academics, students, and any others who may be interested can share resources, learn something new and exchange ideas with other users.
Currently, our themes include Ethics, Technucation, Enquiry based learning and Children's Perceptions of Science. You can vote for our next theme in our poll and suggest new themes via the comments function.
This week, project partners Matteo Merzagora of Traces, Paris, and Paola Rodari of SISSA Medialab, Trieste are presenting at the Euro-Med Young Reporters on the Environment Seminar in The Israel National Museum of Science in Israel.
The seminar aims to equip facilitators with the knowledge and skills to enable them to train young people to become environmental reporters.
Matteo and Paolo will be running several sessions including the presentation of case studies of the work within their own organisations, and their work as part of SiS Catalyst, and lectures and discussions around listening to, and empowering young people.
Tricia Jenkins, the principal investigator of SiS Catalyst has written a reflection piece, looking forward to our conference in Tartu next week.
If you have registered for the conference, you will have received an email with joining information earlier today. If you have not received this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the SiS Catalyst Project, we are working on the development of a SiS benchmarking and monitoring framework. This framework is intended to estimate how "fit and ready" science organisations are to engage with atypical young recipients - which is highly relevant for Children's Universities and similar activities.
We are currently piloting this, and asking a number of organisations involved in children's activities to fill out a short questionnaire.
If you would like to be involved in the development process and the testing of tools, send a quick note to email@example.com and you'll receive the first questionnaire promptly.
Any feedback or suggestions will be gratefully received.
The latest edition of our newsletter brings you news and reflections from the Policy Briefing Seminar which was held on 28th February 2013 at the University of Edinburgh.
It also looks forward to future events, with information on our confirmed speakers for the Tartu Conference, a save the date for our autumn conference, and we have details of some internship opportunities available through our partner the European Students Union.
A selection of articles from Edinburgh which do not appear in the newsletter have also been uploaded here.
We are delighted to announce a second speaker for our upcoming conference at the University of Tartu, Estonia.
Laura Lundy is a Professor of Education Law and Children’s Rights in the School of Education, Queen’s University, Belfast and a Barrister at Law. She is the Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s, an interdisciplinary research collaboration on children’s rights.
Her expertise is in law and children’s rights, with a particular focus on education rights and children’s right to participate in decision-making. She has just completed a study for UNICEF-UK which examined the implementation of the UNCRC in twelve countries and, with Professor Ursula Kilkelly of University College Cork, is currently leading a two year study examining the role of NGO advocacy in advancing children’s rights funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
She has been a principal or co-investigator in large interdisciplinary research projects funded by the UK Social and Economic Research Council, public bodies such as the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People and leading charitable foundations such as UNICEF, The Wellcome Trust and Barnardo’s. She was the Chair of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s working party on education rights for the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights and is a former Equal Opportunities Commissioner for Northern Ireland.
We are pleased to announce four internship opportunities are available through our internship programme organised by our partner the European Student's Union.
The internships are offered by host organisations in the United Kingdom and Austria and are expected to take place between May and August 2013.
With internships available at the University of Liverpool, Junge Uni Innsbruck, ZOOM Kindermuseum, and Vienna Children's University, there are opportunities for those wishing to work with young people in a variety of settings.
More information on the various opportunities can be found on this pdf.
The deadline for submitting applications is midnight (CET) on 10th April 2013