Key moments in open schooling

An open schooling project like SEAS is not only a relation between organizations, places and people, with their different aims, practices, tools and ideas. Open schooling is also a mixture of different rhythms of time.

Long road. Photo.

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At the local level, important action can happen in days, for instance when students commit to a 30-days challenge, as described in other blog posts. For academic research and innovation to provide insights and resources for different stakeholders in open schooling, three years is a short time. As a background to this, important goals in the fight against climate change are set for 2030 and 2050, which are on a time scale comparable to the SEAS project. In a geologic time scale, it is barely a blink of an eye.

The crisis of our time

The crisis of our time is that the geologic and the human lifetime scales have coalesced, humans are changing the large dynamics of the planet in a scale that is unprecedented in human history in terms of scale and danger. The challenge is to make action now that tap into the larger structures and time frames.

Already within its life-span, the SEAS project is connecting past and the future. On our website, you can now find the reports that were key to establish the SEAS project.

These reports describe our plans for communication and dissemination, how we manage the data collected from local network activities, and key concepts of the SEAS framework, tools and methods. We believe that useful insights can be found in these documents for others that want to establish open schooling projects.

Since these initial documents were crafted, the local networks have pressed on with projects that engage students in change in everyday life and societal challenges.

Already within its life-span, the SEAS project is connecting past and the future

The SEAS-project will gain insights for the future

The SEAS project has reached a pivotal moment in its short time span as a project. The project group now sets out to analyse the richness of the multitude of experiences, tools and activities in its six local networks with a variety of thematic foci, methods and resources.

This analytical work is also about encounters across time, where the framework initially conceived meets the documentation and insights collected along the way, to be transformed into analytical insights for the future.

A variety of models on open schooling, the teaching and learning of scientific literacy for sustainability, and tools and resources for supporting open schooling inquiry processes will emerge as a result of these efforts, disseminated for policy makers, teachers, teacher education and the academic community. Our ambition is to impact sustainability challenges by creating ripples across time and space, near and far.

By Erik Knain
Published Sep. 16, 2021 3:05 PM - Last modified Sep. 16, 2021 3:05 PM
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