With Vigie-Nature École, primary and secondary teachers explore how they can address in classrooms the subject of the social and economic impact of human activities on ecosystems.
Launched in 2010, Vigie-Nature École is a programme of participatory science which explores ordinary biodiversity. For teachers, this projects offers them an opportunity to participate in a research programme that follows a complete scientific approach. As teachers follow the experimental protocols, the students have an opportunity to learn about the biodiversity around them and strengthen their observation skills. This approach helps the students to understand the mechanisms needed to build a scientific inquiry. The proposed protocols stimulate the students to act, think and conceptualise. In this way, they can better understand the world that surrounds them, and develop all the competences needed to become better informed citizens. Finally, the link with researchers is a strong motivating factor. Students are engaged and given responsibilities in the project.
By promoting teaching methods that look beyond the textbook, participatory science offers an alternative method of teaching, which responds to the needs of students who have learning difficulties in a “classic” teaching scenario. The teacher not only transfers knowledge, but also brings a co-constructive approach, where the students learn on their own. This position stimulates the interest of all students and, thus, everyone’s participation in learning successfully.
Coordinator: Sebastien Turpin, turpin (at) mnhn.fr
Target groups: college students, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, vocational school students
Topic: Biology, Earth science, Environmental sciences, Education
Start year: 2010
Contact person: Sebastien Turpin Email turpin (at) mnhn.fr
Information for researchers is not available at the moment.
The programme is divided into seven experimental protocols in which the following tools are provided