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The 1st European Workshop  "Back to the future: Scenario Building and PBL"

Science education is in a process of constant and rapid change and SEEP Project has made possible for the teacher to keep up with this process.
 
On the 20th of October 2010 the 1st Annual SEEP Workshop has been held in Kocaeli, Turkey.
The workshop has been targeted on different target groups: Science teachers, school managers and administrators at secondary level.
Around 150 Teachers from different European Countries joined the workshop.
 

 

Programme
09.00 Welcome by Enver Duz to participants from SEEP organisations or extra-SEEP 
organisations
 
09.30 Part Ia : The Present Mission…is the Future. (Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta)
This session will introduce the activity and the work plan for the day. 
Scenario building comes in several moods mingling past, present and future.
What if the wall of Berlin was still standing ? What if atomic energy was never invented ?
What if Switzerland declares war on the France and Germany ? What if they find a cure for cancer ?
What if we find out that all the seas would not be able to support life within ten years ? 
Scenario building plays with imagination about situations that do not exist and then we work around 
them on the basis of probability and possibilities.
PBL is not like scenario building because it has its feet in the present and is based on real obtaining 
scenarios…or at least realistic ones given common occurrences in our lives.
 
10.00 Part Ib : Problem Based Learning in Teaching Science (Tatiana Marandici, president of Asociatia Pro Educatie si Formare and Physics teacher at Mircea 
cel Batran College)
How can I get my students to think ? is a question asked by many teachers. PBL is an instructional 
method that challenges students of science to “learn to learn” working cooperatively in groups to 
seek solutions to real world problems.
 
10.30 Coffee Break
 
11.00 Part II : These are my concerns : we need a breakthrough (Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta)
Speed dating activity between participants in three steps : identifying issues, concerns and 
problems. 
Team work for building the obtaining scenario based on a concern structured like this :
- a narrative that starts with “We all know that…” (praxis)
- a story that goes on to “The problem is that…” (identification)
- a conclusion that starts with “The origin of the problem is…” (investigation)
 
11.45 PART III : Ok let us go back into the future (Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta)
Team work : things were better / worse ten years ago…what changed ? is the parabola of change 
reliable. does change happen at a faster pace than before. does change happen in hiccups or is it a 
always step by step ?
 
12.30 Lunch
 
14.00 Part III Take the scenario to the future (Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta)
Teams make a decision on their working method : we presume the problem has been solved in ten 
years time what changes could have brought this change to a new scenario ? we presume the 
problem got worse and build a new scenario. Story telling.
The participants and…where did Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta go ?
 
14.30 Part IV : Straight to a lesson plan… (Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta)
Yeah ! Go straight to the classroom. Turn it into a lesson plan with :
A warmer. A mover. A go getter. A goer…and don’t bother with skills acquisition assessment. You 
know what your students have learnt.
Yes it goes on without Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta
 
15.00 Conclusion (Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta)
Finish on a high note. Put this activity in a context before you start out with this adventure. My 
village 2020 ? www.futuresocietymyschool.com ?
Antoine Gambin, OAFMalta is back to send us off.