Teacher Training Course

ASPEA is promoting a Teachers Training Course next 2nd and 3rd May 2018, under the scope of the project “EduCO2cean – STS Education models to transmit to society the challenge of global change in the ocean”. The EduCO2cean project is financed by the ERASMUS+ agency and it is coordinated by ASPEA, with partners from Spain (University of Vigo), Portugal (Ciência Viva), Scotland (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology), Poland (CEI) and schools from Portugal, Spain, Poland, Italy and São Tomé and Príncipe.

This 2-day course aims to provide different methodologies for developing environmental education in school classes. The workshops will be conducted in English language, 4 hours a day, by invited speakers from the University of Silesia, Poland. The workshops will be held at the Fábrica da Ciência Viva, in Aveiro.

2ndMay | 14:00 – 18:00 | “Using movies in awakening ecological awareness”

Agnieszka Skorupa, Ph.D. (Institute of Psychology, University of Silesia, Poland | psychologist, educator)

Movies provide us with information about the surrounding world and because of that they play an important role in everyone’s life. Thanks to them we have the opportunity to look at the lives of people from past eras, to admire wild nature or to fantasize about alternative reality. Movies are colourful, intense and appealing to the viewer’s imagination. Unfortunately, they are not always based on facts. Because producers want to make the story more attractive, they are often referring to stereotypes and implementing false ideas in social consciousness. Artistic licence of the filmmakers allows them to present the world as they imagine not as it really is. On the one hand, there is nothing wrong with it, we like to be seduced by the world of fantasy, it allows us to escape for a moment from everyday life routine. On the other hand, the images are so suggestive that we often remember them better than real events, we believe also that the word depicted in the movies is more authentic than the reality. This phenomenon can be dangerous in context of education and shaping pro-social and pro-environmental attitudes. If for example sharks are always depicted in the movies as man-eaters, and having a luxury residence and several sports cars is a promoted lifestyle, involving in nature protection and living in harmony with environment loses all sense…

During the workshop, we will discuss why the movies attract effectively the viewer’s attention. We will analyse how the nature is depicted in the movies and what image it implements in the viewers mind. Above all, we will learn the principles of effective use of movies in didactics.

The topics discussed in the workshop include: 1. Movies, cognition & emotions; 2. Nature in the movies – true or false image; 3. Movies as a didactic tool; 5. How to use movies to awake ecological awareness.

3rdmay | 14:00 – 18:00 | “Overconsumption as a key factor in climate change”

Ryszard Kulik, Ph.D. (Council of All Beings, Poland | psychologist, environmental activist and educator)

The average temperature of the Earth has grown steadily for about 50 years. These changes are recorded by land stations, surface and in-depth measurements, and by satellite stations. The last decade was the warmest in the history of measurements. Extremely warm summers, which have been occurring once in the last half century, happen more or less every three years. The glaciers and snow cover melt, the boundaries of the trees reach upwards closer to the pole. The animals migrate. There are increasingly extreme weather events, which indicate an increased amount of energy in the atmosphere. Winters warm up, springs come faster. The temperature of the surface of the sea and the heat content of the oceans rise, contributing to the rise of the ocean level. According to the IPCC, human activity that causes greenhouse gas emissions is primarily responsible for climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are linked to the level of economic development. The highest emission rates are recorded in countries where the economy is developing dynamically and GDP is high. Global emissions are rising together with GDP growth. Economic development is fueled by consumption. Consequently, consumption is the primary determinant of greenhouse gas emissions.

The major topics discussed within the workshop include: 1. Interconnectedness | Circle of Life; 2. The tragedy of common goods; 3. Ecological footprint | Calculator.


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