The first round of teacher professional development workshops is now completed at Malmö University. Sixteen in-service and 13 pre-service teachers were involved. The in-service teachers attended four half-day seminars, at which they discussed SSIBL activities, listened to, and were inspired by researchers. The in-service teachers also designed their own learning modules on a variety of topics, such as nano-technology, energy, weight problems, and infertility, which they, then, implemented with their lower secondary classes (Figure 1).
The nano-technology activities were especially popular among students. In one case, for instance, a class with 15-year old students assumed the role of an ethics committee, asked to decide if nano-technology was important and ethically acceptable (Figure 2).
On the other hand, the pre-service teachers have mainly worked with life cycle analysis where they had to analyze a product’s life cycle, focusing on the materials they were made from, to how these materials can be recycled. During a professional development day, both in-service and pre-service teachers showcased their projects.
During spring 2017, the second round of our TPD courses will take place in a similar way. In some parts of TPD courses, the in-service teachers from lower secondary school will work together with upper-secondary pre-service teachers as during 2016. Twenty in-service teachers have announced they will join the course during 2017. The second round of the TPD courses will start with a lecture by Christina Isaxon, who does research concerning risks with nano-technology. We expect that this introduction will allow for an interesting discussion about responsible research and innovation.