How do we understand the world around us?
It was the question that Greek team discussed with 96 student teachers of the University of Western Macedonia (UOWM), 8 administrative staff members of Educational Organizations and 12 teachers from local schools in Florina, Greece. It emerged during the bootcamp “Critical Understanding in Science”, organized by the UOWM team and one group of student teachers from the 2nd level, on the 26th of February 2019.
The student teachers invited their peers of the 1st level to attend the event aiming at promoting their critical and scientific understanding of physical phenomena through hands-on activities. Different activities were carried-out, as: lecture on CT given by university teachers; short-film screening and discussion; and science fair/exhibition. The last activity consisted of the demonstration and experimentation of twenty exhibits of natural phenomena that were constructued by the 2nd-level student teachers during the autumn semester for the ‘Teaching Science’ module. They explained to their peers how the experiments work and then the visitors filled in a form to reflect on their critical understanding.
It was a great moment of learning among different students, teachers and labour market staff!