stronger connections between scientific research and teachers’
communities was the main objective of the EU project PATHWAY.
collaboration with the UNESCO ASPnet schools of Croatia, Cyprus,
Montenegro and Serbia and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and
Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), schools and teachers played a
leading role in expanding students' experiences and their
understanding of science.
With the purpose of promoting
scientific culture and a better understanding the role of science and
technology in schools and among young people in the South-East
European (SEE) region and Europe, an online survey of ASPnet Schools
was undertaken by the UNESCO Venice Office. Fifty three schools from
4 countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro and Serbia) participated in
response rate of all the schools (mainly from secondary and
primary/elementary schools) was very high. The country that showed a
major interest was Croatia with the highest number of filled forms.
Half the schools chose one of the UNESCO ASPnet study topics for
their school activities. The most popular topic among the schools was
‘Cultural Diversity, Peace and Human Rights’, although ‘Education
for Sustainable Development and Cultural Heritage’ came immediately
schools that responded to the survey also expressed interest in being
part of the EU-Project PATHWAY and opening their schools to science
and technology education. Bringing the students into close contact
with science centers raise their interest and motivation to learn
about science and be involved in scientific investigations. Hence,
one of the ideas of PATHWAY
was to connect schools with science centers and with scientific
research in general, but also to focus on teachers' professional
development in this field.
objective of the project PATHWAY was to reinforce and strengthen
networks and partnerships so they may play a significant role in
promoting scientific culture in particular among young people.
Students and teachers should be active in the process of creating and
maintaining networks and partnerships.
willingness of the UNESCO ASPnet Schools to collaborate offered a
great potential for the further development and consolidation of the