The Embedment of Responsible Research and Innovation Aspects in European Science Curricula
Kathy Kiki-Papadakis () and
Foteini Chaimala ()
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Kathy Kiki-Papadakis: Principal Researcher, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Greece
Foteini Chaimala: Collaborative Researcher, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Greece
Revista romaneasca pentru educatie multidimensionala - Journal for Multidimensional Education, 2016, vol. 8, issue 2, 71-87
The recent and current discourse on education policy across Europe places great emphasis on the importance of incorporating aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in science education. A key aspect of education policy is that citizens should become better equipped to enquire into and understand socio-scientific issues, as well as to apply scientific knowledge and ethical values in order to form evidence-based opinions. The question of how the intentions of policy-makers can be translated effectively into educational practice, however, has yet to be answered. Against this background, the present paper will investigate how aspects of RRI can be embedded in the curricula of science education in various European countries. The framework we will present illuminates both the intentions of policy-makers and current practices with regard to RRI within science curricula. It also helps map such policies and strategies in the area of science education across Europe. In the context of the ENGAGE project, this framework has been used as a tool for analysing the RRI components of curricula in the science education of students aged 11–16. The analysis is based on data gathered in 2014, takes into account prospective reforms and covers 11 European countries. The results of the analysis illustrate the potential of this framework as a tool for investigating how RRI can be embedded in science education and for exploring the space for intervention that policy-makers have. They also show that this framework can shed light on how the intentions of policy-makers and current practices with regard to RRI interrelate and on how moving from “words to deeds” can be achieved in a meaningful and constructive manner.
Keywords: RRI; Science Education curricula; Analytical Framework; Space for intervention. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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