About PARRISE

To build a scientifically literate society, which enables its citizens to participate in the research and innovation process, calls for empowered democratic citizens who are able to engage in socio-scientific inquiry and debate.

Education through an inquiry approach in science and technology prepares young citizens to participate in socio-scientific debate, and thus contribute to citizens’ agency. For this purpose, students need to have an understanding of the process and products of science and technology and to appreciate them as human endeavour. In addition, students need to exercise informed decision-making considering and balancing relevant facts, interests, values, costs and benefits.

The PARRISE (Promoting Attainment of Responsible Research & Innovation in Science Education) project aims at introducing the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation  in primary and secondary education.  It does so by combining inquiry-based learning and citizenship education with socio-scientific issues in science education.  The project also aims  to collect and share existing best practices across Europe and develop learning tools, materials and in/pre-service training courses for science teachers based on the SSIBL approach.

Our project objectives are:

Objective 1

Provide an overall educational framework for socio-scientific inquiry-based learning (SSIBL) in formal and informal learning environments

Objective 2

Identify examples of best practice

Objective 3

Build transnational communities consisting of science teachers, science teacher educators, science communicators, and curriculum and citizenship education experts to implement good practices of SSIBL

Objective 4

Develop the SSIBL competencies among European primary and secondary science teachers and teacher educators

Objective 5

Disseminate resources and best practice through PARRISE website, digital and print-based publications online and face to face courses authored by national and international networks

Objective 6

Evaluate the educators’ success using the improved SSIBL materials with pre-service and in-service teachers

The PARRISE educational methodology seeks to promote democratic citizenship through the integration of social issues and related scientific knowledge. Drawing from recently acquired IBSE insights and individual partner expertise, PARRISE seeks to collectively develop a community of learners, who will bring together selected best practices examined from a Research and Responsible Innovation perspective.

The PARRISE (Promoting Attainment of Responsible Research & Innovation in Science Education) project aims at introducing the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation  in primary and secondary education.  It does so by combining inquiry-based learning and citizenship education with socio-scientific issues in science education.  The project also aims  to collect and share existing best practices across Europe and develop learning tools, materials and in/pre-service training courses for science teachers based on the SSIBL approach.

European Commission

PARRISE (grant agreement 612438) is a four year programme (2014-2017) funded by the European Commission.

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