Future-oriented Science EDucation to enhance Responsibility and engagement in the society of Acceleration and uncertainty


The relation between science and society is strongly influenced by the impressive acceleration of scientific and technological development. Within this society of acceleration (H. Rosa), the young are experiencing a sense of derangement and an alarming sense of loss of future and hope. FEDORA will develop a future-oriented model to enable formal and informal science education to equip the young with thinking, foresight and action competence skills needed to grapple with the societal challenges. In particular, the project aims to address three forms of misalignment that emerge from the difficulties of the educational systems to keep the pace of societal changes: a) the clash between, on one hand, the vertical and hyper-specialized organization of teaching in disciplines and, on the other, the inter-multi-transdisciplinary, multi-actor and open character of the new modus operandi of R&I; b) the mismatch between the formalized and exclusive languages used in schools and the needs for new languages to enhance imagination and the capacity to talk about the contemporary challenges; c) the clash between the a-temporal or historically oriented teaching approaches and the need to support the young to construct visions of the future that empower actions in the present. These forms of misalignment represent blind spots for science education that FEDORA will explore through a multi-layer (institutional, conceptual, cultural) research approach, an articulated structures of actions and a multiform set of research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative surveys, design-driven and Delphi Study methodologies,..). The actions and results will feed into recommendations for anticipatory policies aimed to mobilise visionary attitudes on open-schooling and to orient concrete institutional transformations to nurture, in secondary school students, a new sense of trust and desire needed to support an aware, responsible and sustainable participation in science-related societal issues.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Olivia Levrini

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"
Dipartimento delle Arti

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Kauno Technologijos Universitetas (Lithuania)
Formicablu Srl (Italy)
Stichting Teach The Future (Netherlands)
University Of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Helsingin Yliopisto (Finland)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 1.065.138,00
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/09/2020
End Date: 31/08/2023

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Quality education This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 872841 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 872841