Development

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Children’s right to forest

In co-operation with City of Helsinki Social Services / Daycare Centre, environmental educators of the environment institute and University of Helsinki early childhood education department. The aims are on one hand to support environmental education in daycare centres, on the other hand to provide students the opportunity to try out teaching outside of daycare facilities, in close-by environments. Principal investigator in dept of teacher education: Liisa Suomela.

Geopiste, Finnish resource center of geographical education

Geopiste aims to progress children’s and young people’s education and learning in various fields of geology and geography, as well as to promote studies and teaching in these fields, support teachers work and life long learning. Geopiste organises events, camps, science clubs and competitions for children and young people, in-service education for teachers, organises visits from schools to university, maintains a resource centre online and borrows materials and equipment for teaching. Geopiste partakes in making of LUMA-centre online magazines Jippo and LUMA Sanomat.

Funded by the National LUMA-centre. Geopiste can be found at the department of Geosciences and Geography in Kumpula. Geopiste is led by lecturer Pirjo Hellemaa.
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HENVI, Helsinki University Center for Environment

The University of Helsinki is committed in promoting sustainable development. According to the University Strategy of 2010-2012, the university has a national, regional and global societal responsibility. This responsibility also encourages the university to enhance scientific environmental awareness. Through research, teaching and other activities the university promotes societal justice, welfare, learning and interaction between humans and nature. Adjunct professor Hannele Cantell is a representative of behavioural sciences in HENVI.
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On the Move! School neighbourhood as the learning environment

On the Move! is a web service for secondary schools. The key idea is to use the students’ day-to-day environments and experiences as the starting point of learning. On the Move! links learning at school, in the science centre and in everyday life. Thematic groups offer opportunities for cooperation with other schools and experts nationwide. At school, students reflect and expand on the experiences gained on a science centre visit by exploring their daily environment. The schools contribute to the development of the service by sharing their experiences and ideas.

The project is coordinated by Science Centre Heureka and City of Kalajoki. Funding is secured through Finnish National Board of Education. Principal investigator in dept of teacher education: Sirpa Tani.
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PaikkaOppi

PaikkaOppi is an open learning environment, utilising GIS. PaikkaOppi is on trial in teacher education. Funding is secured through Finnish National Board of Education. Principal investigator in dept of teacher education: Hannele Cantell.

SKILLS – developing natural sciences education

In SKILLS the objective is to develop teaching practices in natural sciences in pre- and primary school education as well as in teacher education. Principal investigator in dept of teacher education: Liisa Suomela.