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The POLAR STAR methodology proposes new innovative ways of teaching science, which include the promotion of interdisciplinary learning and the ‘Science as a whole’ idea while supporting the idea of inquiry learning and the combination of science learning with artistic expression. Our methodology is heavily based on the idea that meaningful learning and deeper learning is more effectively achieved when building around an existing knowledge structure. By attaching each piece of new knowledge to an existing organisation, which includes not only concepts and ideas but also personal stories and experiences, students are more likely to increase their knowledge retention, make connections, and recall existing knowledge in order to understand and explain phenomena. Thus it is also essential for our methodology to be accompanied and supported by effective assessment and monitoring tools that go beyond traditional assessment methods and focus on higher-order-thinking aspects of science activities that don’t focus on eliciting fragmented pieces of information but on providing evidence on students improvement in conducting tasks creatively and independently, building on past knowledge and understanding different aspects of scientific inquiry. The assessment and monitoring dashboard is an essential part of the POLAR STAR methodology as it allows teachers and students to gather tangible results on improving students’ basic skills and key competences as well as on changes in the way the perceive science.

 

 

The POLAR STAR Assessment Toolkit


Journal  tool

Journal  tool

Self-assessment tool for students

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Canvas tool

Canvas tool

For the design of the learning structure

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Rubric tool

Rubric tool

for assessing students' performance

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About

POLAR STAR aims to bring together state-of-the-art learning pedagogies and combine them with exciting activities that focus on contemporary science, thus helping teachers to introduce STEAM successfully in their class. At the same time the project will focus on the development of students’ key skills and competences as well as deepening their knowledge of fundamental science principles, increasing their appreciation of science and technology and their role in todays’ societies. POLAR STAR aims to offer an open and innovative training framework to teachers of primary and secondary education which will focus on:

  • Promoting the 'Science as a Whole' concept;
  • Promoting a holistic STEM educational approach;
  • Promote the introduction of contemporary science activities in schools;

 

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