by Mats Lundström  (Mälmo University, Sweden)
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).
Figure 1. Report from a project concerning weight problems
Figure 1. Report from a project concerning weight problems
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.
Figure 2. One of the project descriptions that teachers have made. By Magnus Lassen-Törn (Korsavadsskolan, Simrishamn) & Anna Forsvall (Korsavadsskolan, Simrishamn)
Figure 2. One of the project descriptions that teachers have made. By Magnus Lassen-Törn (Korsavadsskolan, Simrishamn) & Anna Forsvall (Korsavadsskolan, Simrishamn)
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.
03/12/2016

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