Betreff: ESPERE Newsletter - April 2006
ESPERE Newsletter – April 2006
The newsletter on global Earth Science Education
1 – Project presentation
2 – ESPERE Internal
3 – EGU Vienna / Teacher-scientist-dialogue
4 – Resource of the month
1) Project presentations
The Internet and other media give access to an enormous amount of information. The challenge for the single user is to make an appropriate selection and to become informed about helpful sources. One of our tasks in ESPERE is the presentation and dissemination of valuable resources. In the section “resource of the month” we will present a project in this and future newsletters.
2) ESPERE Internal
The ESPERE Association as a non-profit organisation is a platform for all scientists and teachers interested in the dialogue how to teach pupils and how to inform the public about the up-to-date knowledge on our Earth system. The ESPERE Steering Committee, working on a voluntary basis, looks back to one year of activities. In a virtual general assembly the members will approve the activity report and the financial report. The activity report is open for the public and can be downloaded from:
3) EGU Vienna / Teacher-scientists-dialogue
During the assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna several Educational Symposia have been organised. Projects have been presented ranging from education in primary schools to training for PhD students.
For details see “accepted contributions” at:
Scientists often tend to see their field of research as the one of particular importance also for school teaching. But sometimes the topic might not be of much relevance in classes or the pedagogic approach is not suitable. Therefore, a teacher scientist dialogue is necessary to assure that in particular science driven education programs do not miss the target group.
In the next months a group of project leaders will work on an improvement of approaches in the development of educational material and establishing teacher-scientist-partnership.
We would really appreciate if you would contribute to this dialogue with your opinion, ideas, experiences and statements. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: teacher-scientist-dialogue).
4) Resource of the month
Referring to the upcoming International Polar Year 2007-08 we recommend to check out the following website:
The educational program of the International Polar Foundation offers a lot of material (most in English or French) for all age groups, ranging from comics for kids to explanations of polar science for secondary school students. Explore yourself!
More about the International Polar Year at:
With our best wishes for the Easter days
The ESPERE team