The specific objectives of the ScienceLit project are:
- To facilitate the access of scientific knowledge to adult people, especially to those who are in situation of risk, providing them with the tools that they need for their scientific literacy; tools that may enable them to understand, interpret and analyze the scientific knowledge independently and autonomously;
- To develop the ScienceLit Methodology to transfer scientific knowledge to adult people;
- To connect European Science institutions with adult people at risk in order to contribute to set science closer to society;
- To develop key competences (literacy, numeracy) by participating in Successful Educational Actions like Scientific Gatherings.
The key innovation of the project is that it applies a Successful Educational Action (SEA), an educational action that has been scientifically tested to always have effective results, to a new field, that of science. The SEA used is the “dialogic gathering”.
The project is directed to four target groups. The main target group is adult learners with low skills and in disadvantaged situations, more concretely, adults above the age of 55 and young adults at risk of age 18 to 34. The project uses the dialogic communicative methodology that incorporates participants as part of the project team. This means that adult learners traditionally excluded from the areas of education and science will be key speakers and participants in the project. The other three target groups are: adult education educators, professionals and volunteers; adult education providers and schools; and public administration and decision makers.
The project has three main outputs:
- The first main output of the project, the ScienceLit methodology, will explain how to implement “scientific dialogic gatherings” so that they can be implemented in adult schools across Europe.
- The second output of the project is an Interactive Guide, available on the project website, which will contain audiovisual materials on how to organize and participate in a scientific dialogic gathering.
- The third output will be a training course for educators and volunteers on scientific dialogic gatherings.
The expected results are the acquisition of basic competences by adult learners and the promotion of the independence and autonomy of vulnerable collectives of adults. This project opens a new line of work in adult education.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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