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Junior-Research

English title Junior-Research
Applicant Schmitt Maria
Number 171683
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Swiss Federal Research Inst. WSL Direktion
Institution of higher education Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research - WSL
Main discipline Environmental Research
Start/End 01.07.2017 - 31.12.2020
Approved amount 76'628.00
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Discipline
Environmental Research
Pedology

Keywords (4)

ausserschulischer Lernort; Wald; Langfristige Waldökosystemforschung (LWF); MINT Lernzentrum

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Mit „Junior-Research“ erhalten Schülerinnen und Schüler der Sekundarstufen I und II die Möglichkeit, Waldforschung „in the real world“ zu erleben. Anhand von echten Messinstallationen, Probensammlern und Daten werden die SchülerInnen im Wald Forschungsfragen formulieren, experimentieren und Ergebnisse diskutieren.
Lay summary

Ausserschulische Lernorte sind eine wertvolle Ergänzung zum theoretischen Unterricht. Der Besuch der Test-, Schulungs- und Demonstrationsanlage der Langfristigen Waldökosystemforschung (LWF-TSD) auf dem Gelände der Eidgenössischen Forschungsanstalt WSL, soll für die Klassen nicht nur ein Ausflug in den Wald sein sondern ein Lernort, wo die SchülerInnen die Gelegenheit haben, das erlernte theoretische Wissen zu vertiefen, die Methoden der Datenerhebung in der Natur sowie das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten zu erwerben und anzuwenden. Damit der Unterricht lernwirksam ist, brauchen die Lehrkräfte entsprechendes Unterrichtsmaterial für die Vor- und Nachbereitung des Besuchs sowie Anleitungen zu Experimenten, Lernaufgaben und Arbeitsblätter, die beim Besuch der LWF-TSD zum Einsatz kommen. Lehrpersonen des ETH MINT Lernzentrums entwickeln in enger Zusammenarbeit mit ForscherInnen der WSL Lernangebote zu aktuellen Forschungsthemen der Langfristigen Waldökosystemforschung (LWF). Erfahrene Lehrpersonen testen die erarbeiteten, stufengerechten und lehrplankompatiblen Unterrichtsmaterialien in ihren Klassen. Die LWF-TSD wird als attraktiver ausserschulischer Lernort auf den Websites der Forschungsanstalt WSL und der verschiedenen Partner für Umweltbildung angeboten werden. Im Rahmen von „science fairs“ an der Forschungsanstalt WSL werden die SchülerInnen ihre Arbeiten anderen Klassen, ihren Familien und Freunden sowie den Medien präsentieren können.

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Abstract

One of the goals of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is to make research issues, methods, findings and results from Long-term Forest Ecosystem Research accessible to schoolchildren and to communicate them in a way that is understandable for specific school grades. This goal coincides with the requirements set out in Lehrplan 21 (Curriculum 21) regarding nature and technology education. These require schools to promote the MINT subjects (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology) and to make the essence andsignificance of natural sciences and technology understandable to students. Schools also have the important task of preparing young people for the demands of life, which is obviously best achieved outside of the classroom. Natural science education lends itself to these goals and offers a suitable framework for exploring out-of-school places of learning, where students are confronted with realworld phenomena in their original context. In addition, team-based task solving and information exchange between students or between students and teachers and scientists foster social andcommunication skills. Located at the WSL’s premises, the Long-term Forest Ecosystem Research Test, Education and Demonstration Site (LWF-TSD) would make an ideal out-of-school place of learning for students at lower and upper secondary levels (known as ‘secondary I+II’). At the site and according to the long-term forest ecosystem monitoring manuals (UNECE-ICP Forests, 2010), samples are collected and various forest parameters measured, some of which can be downloaded and viewed as live data directly on tablets and smartphones. Students can learn about the WSL’s current and ongoing forest research and discover how the WSL takes the pulse of the forest, frominstalling sensors and collectors through to interpreting the data.To successfully incorporate this research content into school teaching and implement it at the LWF-TSD as an out-of-school place of learning, there is a need for grade-appropriate lessons that are compatible with the curriculum. The proposed project aims to develop these lessons.From March 2017 to February 2019, a scientist and a communications officer from the WSL will work closely with teaching staff at ETH Zurich’s MINT Learning Centre to develop teaching materials on forest research topics for secondary school level. These will then be tested by experienced teachers in the classroom and used as teaching resources. The lessons will include experiments and learning tasks on various topics relating to Long-term Forest Ecosystem Research. Goals will be formulated for each lesson, geared towards the skills and learning goals stipulated in Lehrplan 21.
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