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Preparation for designing a technology-enhanced climate change education curriculum started with the TECCHED Project

partner meeting The Erasmus+ KA220 initiative, “Technology Enhanced Climate Change Curriculum Design” (TECCHED), supported by the European Commission, brings together leading higher education institutions Ruse University, Liepaja University, Vytauto Didziojo University, Bitlis Eren University, Ege University, as well as EOLAS and EUROGEO. Find out more about the partners 

Target Audience: University Faculty Members Working in Teacher Training Departments

This collaborative project targets university faculty members in Teacher Training Departments. Its primary goal is to develop an innovative, technology-driven curriculum for climate change education that nurtures character and values in preservice teachers.meeting brussels

The project began by assessing the understanding of climate change among preservice teachers and the needs of faculty members. This extensive approach involved 60 preservice teachers from four countries and featured in-depth focus group discussions with 20 faculty members.

The project’s outcome will be a technology-enhanced climate change curriculum, an enriched book, and a digital learning platform for educators.

A pivotal moment in Brussels led to the decision to create an e-book accessible to all stakeholders.

Ultimately, TECCHED promises to transform climate change education, equipping future teachers with the knowledge and tools to effectively address this global challenge.

Find out more about the project results 

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TECCHED: a technology-driven educational climate change curriculum

Scientists and scholars from Ege University are embarking on a visionary initiative to craft a technology-driven educational curriculum focused on the pressing issue of climate change.

Against the backdrop of Ege University’s recent commitment to being a green and sustainable institution, distinguished for hosting impactful projects, the university has enthusiastically endorsed a new endeavour led by academics dedicated to addressing climate change education.photo

The project entitled “Designing a Technology-enhanced Climate Change Education Curriculum (TECCHED),” specifically centres around integrating technology into climate change education.

Notably, the project has earned funding from the Bulgarian National Agency under the Erasmus + KA220- Collaboration Partnerships in the Field of Higher Education call.

Multidisciplinary project with international partners

This ambitious, multidisciplinary project involves collaboration among five universities spanning Turkey, Bulgaria, Latvia, and Lithuania. Additionally, a non-profit organization from Belgium and a small and medium-sized enterprise from Spain are integral contributors to this international consortium. Find out more about the partners

The overarching goal of this two-year initiative is to meticulously formulate a technology-enhanced curriculum for climate change education.

This curriculum is strategically designed to influence the character and value development within pre-service teacher education programs.

As part of the project’s comprehensive approach, an interactive book and a cutting-edge digital learning platform will be meticulously crafted to augment the educational experience. Find out more about the results 

Find out more about the award

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Climate Change Awareness Rising in Spain, but Challenges Remain in Education

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Movements such as Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion have gained strength in Spain, leading to protests and demanding concrete actions to combat climate change.

Gradual Integration into the School Curriculum:

Climate change education has begun to be integrated into school curricula, albeit gradually and variably among different regions of the country. An interdisciplinary approach is observed, addressing not only the scientific aspects, but also the economic, social and ethical aspects associated with the problem.

Specific Educational Programs:

biblio photoSome educational institutions and NGOs have implemented specific programs to raise awareness and educate students about climate change. The programs often include hands-on activities and projects to encourage the active participation of young people in the fight against global warming.

An example of such programs is “Bibliokepos” which brings the topic to debate in different libraries in Seville. Another example of this growing awareness of climate change is that even the medical community is calling for climate change training to be included in medical degrees in Spain.

References

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Medical training on climate change

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Raising Climate Change Awareness

CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS BEGINS TO BE RAISED IN TURKISH SCHOOLS

The TEMA Foundation is a non-governmental organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of environmental and nature issues in Turkey. The Foundation undertakes various initiatives to provide children with knowledge and awareness about an important issue such as climate change. TEMA web page

The foundation enables children to take an active role in climate change by organising various events and projects in schools. Thanks to these activities, students have the opportunity to increase their environmental awareness by participating in activities to protect nature.

The main initiative that the TEMA Foundation carries out in schools is the “Environmentally Friendly School” project. This project assesses the level of environmental awareness of schools and provides support for the dissemination of environmentally friendly practises.

The TEMA Foundation has created a digital platform called the Climate Change Education Portal for children and young people to educate themselves about climate change. This portal is accessible online and can be used free of charge.

The Climate Change Education Portal was developed to inform children and young people about climate change, raise awareness and encourage them to take action.TEMA platform for children

The portal aims to capture the attention of students with interactive and entertaining content.

The content of the portal includes basic information such as what climate change is, its causes and effects, as well as topics such as actions that can be taken to combat climate change, sustainable energy sources and recycling. There are also various events, games and videos on the portal.

The climate change education portal is designed as a resource that teachers and parents can also use. Teachers can use the portal’s materials in their lessons and help students raise awareness about climate change. Teachers also receive a certificate at the end of the training.

Parents can explore the portal with their children and establish opportunities to talk about climate change and share information. This is an important step in raising awareness about climate change in schools.

Find out more
TEMA Home Page https://iklimtema.org/
Climate Change Education and Awareness Project https://www.tema.org.tr/calismalarimiz/egitim/egitim-projeleri/iklim-degisikligi
News: ‘Climate change’ lesson coming to schools https://www.diken.com.tr/okullara-iklim-degisikligi-dersi-geliyor/
Turkish Ministry of National Education on Climate in Schools https://www.meb.gov.tr/iklim-degisikligi-calismalari-kapsaminda-okullarda-yeni-donemin-yol-haritasi-belirlendi/haber/27748/tr

 

 

 

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Online Argumentation Activities Increase Climate Change Awareness Among Preservice Science Teachers

The Tecched Project addresses the need for university university Faculty members to be better prepared to teach about climate change in their courses. The initial phase of the project involves engaging with teachers and students to determine the issues related to developing a technology-enhanced curriculum for university students.

Ege University researchers, Lokman Topbaş, an undergraduate student, and Associate Professor Bahadir Namdar, recently completed a project aimed at enhancing climate change awareness among preservice science teachers. The project, supported by Ege University Office of Scientific Research Projects, involved the implementation of online argumentation activities as part of a four-day online professional development program. miro-image

A total of 32 preservice science teachers from 22 different universities across Turkey participated in the program, which focused on increasing their knowledge and awareness of climate change. To assess the impact of the intervention, pre- and post-program surveys were conducted, and the online written arguments produced by the participants during the activities served as additional data sources.

The figure shows the results of participants’ collaborative online work on the effects of climate change in the Miro tool.

The results of the research demonstrated a significant improvement in the participants’ content knowledge of climate change. Following the online professional development program, the preservice teachers exhibited a higher level of justification and increased awareness of various dimensions related to climate change. This indicates that the argumentation activities effectively contributed to their overall understanding and awareness of this critical issue.

As recognition for their active participation, the participants were awarded certificates of completion at the end of the program. The project’s success highlights the potential of online argumentation activities as a valuable tool in enhancing climate change awareness among preservice science teachers, ultimately equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to address this pressing global challenge in their future classrooms.

Meanwhile a questionnaire among 130 pre-service teachers was implemented at the University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev” (Bulgaria) showed that:
• 86% were convinced that climate change affects us all;
• 88% thought that global climate change can disrupt the balance in nature;
• 90% had not taken a course on climate change;
• 88% believed they have very low preparation for teaching climate change;
• Only 38% had used information and communication technologies to receive information about climate change and
• The most commonly used sources of information had been video materials, presentations, social networks, news, TV, virtual textbooks, etc.

The challenge for the project will be to establish ionnovative approaches to teaching about climate change while addressing ‘character and values’ that are considered a prerequisites for responsible 21st-century citizenship.

Find out more about the Tecced Project

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Introducing the TECCHED Project

TECCHED is a higher education Erasmus Plus project about Designing a Technology-enhanced Climate Change Education Curriculum for initial teacher training courses. The project is coordinated by the University of Ruse Angel Kanchev in Bulgaria. There are 7 partners involved in the project – find out more about the partners  climate graph image

Project context

The EU, in planning the transition to a carbon-free economy by 2050, has made a trillion euro call for climate crisis management and prevention. Empowerment of knowledge and individuals is stated as a horizontal goal to ensure that individuals take action on climate change for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic participation. In this context, the development of education and training programs and the exchange of good practices are supported.

Aims and Objectives

The TECCHED project, aims to develop a technology-supported climate change curriculum to support the development of ‘character and values’ of teacher trainees. The purpose is to support the quality of teacher education by fostering the affective domains of preservice teachers concerning informed decision making about climate change.

TECCHED aims at increasing techno pedagogical skills and digital competencies of faculty members in teacher education programs and to train them how to foster the ‘character and values’ of preservice teachers to make informed decisions as global citizens. In line with this goal, it is planned to teach digital competencies that will enable technology integration into lessons in the teaching of the sub-dimensions of climate change and ‘character and values’. satellite image

The lack of a curriculum designed to foster affective domains such as ‘character and values’ of teacher candidates constitutes an important gap in the literature (Bush et al.2016). The project includes technology integration in education, which is a necessity of the digital age, and innovative practices, as it focuses on climate change, which is the most important global and ecological problem of this century. In addition, an open-access digital learning platform will be developed to increase faculty members’ pedagogical competencies teaching this subject.

The objectives of the TECCHED project are;:-
– to design and implement a technology-enhanced climate change curriculum to fight against climate change for excellence in teacher education programs that foster the development of skills and values for 21st century responsible citizenry. –
– to teach scientific knowledge about climate change and foster ‘character and values’ development of teachers regarding climate change supported by appropriate pedagogical approaches and technologies.
– to design the curriculum for technology-enhanced teaching of climate change that fosters character and values development in education faculties,
– to prepare an interactive enriched book and a digital learning platform for faculty members to learn the curriculum and the digital learning platform, and to evaluate its effectiveness.

Find out more about the project results