SEAS Concepts, Tools, and Methods

The SEAS project establishes a flexible and open-ended toolkit of concepts, tools and methods designed to support the establishment and development of open-schooling networks.

Concepts

  • Conceiving scientific literacy and science learning as/for transformational action and social change. 
  • Focusing on the power of the narratives of change that emerge in discourse/communication.
  • Conceiving change as involving three interconnected spheres: the personal, the practical and the political spheres. 
  • Not just learning, but expansive learning, that is, the deep learning that takes place when individuals engage in actively and consciously addressing, transforming and re-conceptualizing the goals of their collective practice/activitiess.

Methods

  • SEAS takes as point of departure an intervention-based methodological design inspired by an emerging tradition known as Social Design Experiments (SDEs). Unlike other traditional forms of educational research in which the focus is placed on the measurement of academic achievement, SDE methodologies focus on the achievement of social and institutional transformation towards more socially just systems of teaching and learning. This involve a collaborative design process, where learners, community, and other stakeholders, together identify and create the learning goals and materials, and connect them directly with goals of social change and social justice. 
  • As part of SEAS’ SDE approach, we will organize ChangeLab Meetings/Workshops in which consortium members will mediate and dynamize interactions between teacher, students, and other community stakeholders in order to facilitate the establishment of shared goals and the identification of feasible and relevant sustainability challenges.
  • Research based iterative assessment: we will perform 4 iterations and assess progress in key areas, both at the local and global level.

Tools

SEAS develops and investigates how different digital and social media tools may be employed to facilitated open-schooling collaborations to address sustainability challenges. Tools will support the following aspects:

  • CChallenge is an online tool that will be used to support participants engagement in sustainability challenges. 
  • SenseMaker tool will be used to help participants track and deepen their understanding on their own emerging narratives of change. SenseMaker captures pictures, recordings and writings from large groups of people easily and at low cost.
  • LORET tool is conceived to support the generation of materials for supporting teachers in leading locally relevant sustainable development learning projects. It addresses the challenges that teachers and school stakeholders encounter when their teaching routines need to be deeply transformed so as to engage with open schooling projects.