SGE: Cooperation between lower secondary school and vocational school in the field of science
The SGE project promotes establishing partnerships between lower secondary schools and vocational schools.
The SGE project included two kinds of public institutions: lower secondary schools and vocational schools. Teachers from the two levels of education have collaborated in developing teaching resources and teaching practice in science teaching aiming at bridging the gap between lower secondary school and vocational school. The project aimed at promoting vocational education as motivating, exciting and relevant for lower secondary school students.
The main objectives of the SGE Project were:
- supporting and facilitating collaboration among institutions
- utilizing vocational schools’ facilities to develop experimental procedures, experiments and "hands-on" activities in science teaching
- promoting lower secondary school students’ motivation, learning and attitudes in science education, resulting in recruitment to science-based careers.
The project has utilised vocational teachers' insights to devise more intensive teaching experiences for lower secondary school students. Lower secondary school students received teaching courses at a vocational school. The courses engaged students in problem-based learning activities and experimental procedures, experiments and "hands-on" activities.
The SGE project is not a research project but a coordination and support action.
The teaching resources have been developed by teachers at primary and vocational schools. The resources aim to inspire and raise students’ interest in science by providing them with reality-based, interdisciplinary tasks that show them that science concepts are helpful in everyday life.
The tested teaching resources concern:
- Construction of an exercise tool in the metal workshop
- Exercise and energy for the body
- Sugar's impact on the quality – taste and structure - of food
- Qualities of plastic as food packaging
- Food, emulsion and leavening
- Human digestion and metabolism