RajatOn: Borders or no Borders

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RajatOn, the Borders or No Borders project, encourages children and young people to study and question borders in their everyday environment and life.

The Borders or No Borders (in Finnish “RajatOn”) website includes e-learning material for primary (grades 5-9) and upper secondary school teachers and students for studying borders.

The aim of the material is to help children and young people recognise, study and question borders in their everyday environment and life. The starting point for the material is state borders, but as in the field of border studies, borders are understood as physical, conceptual, social and mental phenomena.

Therefore, the material can be used in different school subjects, such as geography, biology, history, and environmental and social studies. It also supports interdisciplinary cooperation. The material encourages children and young people to do research and learn about science, and develop their scientific literacy.

The material includes texts with questions and assignments, a glossary of concepts, ready-made research topics and a research tutorial. In addition, it offers support material for teachers for planning lessons and courses, and for using the Web-based tools and applications the material utilises.

At present, the material is available in the Finnish language. One text (with assignments) is available in both Finnish and Russian.

Basic information

Country: Finland

Coordinator: University of Turku, http://www.utu.fi
Lappeenranta University of Technology, http://www.lut.fi

Partners:

Programme: Other

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Target groups: general public, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers

Topic: Biology, Earth science, Ecology, Environmental sciences, Geography, Geology, Education

Start year: 2014

End year: 2015

Url: https://rajatontatiedekasvatusta.wordpress.com/

Contact person: Virpi Kaisto, Sanna Mäki, Email: virpi.kaisto (at) lut.fi , sanna.maki (at) utu.fi

In the RajatOn project the concept of “science education” is understood broadly and it includes all fields of science. The broad definition of science education has inspired us in terms of research.

We have written an article about how to design e-learning science education material. In the article, we ask how science education materials differ from normal education materials; how to include the scientific perspective into science education material. We welcome any proposals from international colleagues to study this issue further.

To find out more about border studies, please visit the Web pages of the Association for Borderlands Studies.

Research results:

Research article published in Kasvatus & Aika 1/2015 (in Finnish) Koskelo, Krista & Kaisto, Virpi. Verkkopohjaista tiedekasvatusoppimateriaalia rakentamassa – synteesin luominen sisällön, pedagogiikan ja teknologian (TPACK) välille

(Abstract in English) Koskelo, Krista & Kaisto, Virpi. Designing e-learning science education material for schools – building synthesis between content, pedagogy and technology (TPACK).

The Borders or No Borders website includes support material for teachers for planning lessons and courses, and for using the Web-based tools and applications the material utilises. The e-learning materials produced in the Borders or No Borders project are multidisciplinary and support integrating different subjects.

We invite teachers to use the Borders or no Borders material and give us feedback. We are happy to develop the material further in cooperation with teachers and trainee teachers.

 

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