SED

The Science Education for Diversity (SED) Project is a large scale international project funded by the PF7 Framework of the European Union. The purpose of the project was to explore how to improve the engagement of young people with science learning in a range of countries – UK, The Netherlands, Lebanon, Turkey, India and Malaysia.  SED developed a framework of guidelines for the design of educational activities that engage young people in science and address the issue of diversity. 

This framework was then tested for its ability to support the development of suitable learning episodes in schools in the partner countries.  A particular emphasis it is on supporting the engagement of the variety of student voices. Questionnaires, field notes, video, interviews and reflective reports were used as methodology.  The UK aspect of the research was undertaken in one primary and one secondary school in the South West region of England.  The UK research concluded that the framework was fit for purpose with some minor qualifications. For teachers, 'dialogue' and 'reflection' were considered to be the most challenging aspects of the project whereas students occasionally struggled to remain focused on the science aspects of their work. Learners were particularly engaged by practical activity in the Primary school and the opportunity to engage in inquiry work relatively autonomously. At the secondary level, students particularly liked inquiring into a topic of direct relevance to their own lives.

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