CEYS - Creativity in Early Years Science Education

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The Creativity through Early Years Science Education training course is a professional development and innovation course, addressed to teachers and school leaders. The aim of the course is to support classroom innovation and to train teachers and leaders of European schools to act as successful change agents in their schools in order to promote creative approaches, in both teaching and learning, to science learning in preschool and the first years of primary school. The training course is based on the teacher education curriculum design principles and guidelines formulated in the EU-funded project Creative Little Scientists (www.creative-little-scientists.eu), as well as the training approach and teaching materials created by the Erasmus+ project CEYS to promote creative approaches to science and mathematics learning in preschool and the first years of primary school.
The course will leverage an inquiry-based creative approach through hands-on and reflection sessions to experience the principles of inquiry-based and creative science learning, while introducing the basics of curriculum design research and exploring teacher education curriculum design principles. The latter cover: learning activities, role of teacher educator, materials and resources, grouping, location, time; and assessment.
Finally, course participants will be introduced to learning repositories for sharing learning resources and will explore best practices of using digital technologies and resources to promote creative science learning. They will be given the opportunity and tools to design their own teaching materials using digital content resources from digital repositories and collections of science museums and centres.
The training course overall comprises 10 hours of guided explorations, and 15 hours of hands-on workshops. All participants will have direct access to PCs (although participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops) as needed to enhance the hands-on activities. Visits to non-formal learning settings (such as the Museum of Acropolis and/or the Lavrion Technological and Cultural Park) will introduce participants to ways of using such settings with their students for creative science learning.

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Ellinogermaniki Agogi Scholi Panagea Savva AE
Marathon / Mati, Greece

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