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From an old television advertisement for a telephone operator, participants question the possibility that sunrise and sunset occur simultaneously on Earth. They are thus placed in an investigation situation and explore the Sun-Earth system to understand the origin of the day/night and seasons alternation. A second problem situation offers a new point of view: by "standing" on the moon, participants try to predict the movement of the Earth, the presence or absence of phases. This helps them understand the origin of the Moon phases and eclipses, and the visible and the hidden sides of the Moon. Thirdly, participants characterise the different stages of the investigation .
Created on 13/09/2012 | Author David Wilgenbus
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Participants have a set of images, not in order, provided by the trainer. They illustrate different moments of an investigation approach actually carried out in a classroom and provide a sufficiently comprehensive account of it. The instruction, given to participants, is to reconstruct the chronology of the sequence while justifying the choices made. The objective is to initiate a reflection on the different stages of an investigation approach which is then analysed more precisely in the light of theoretical references and official documents.
Created on 13/09/2012 | Author Jean-michel Rolando
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Participants are invited to make an object using simple materials, as an answer to the trainer’s challenge:" Build a small vehicle that runs as far as possible, without pushing it manually”. The training activity has several objectives: the realisation of the object with materials imposed by the trainer, the reflective analysis of the exchanges between participants, the identification of the main issues, in terms of the acquisition of scientific and technological knowledge and know-how. Through this activity, participants will experience the main steps of an investigative approach (elaboration of a construction protocol based on hypotheses, experimental tests, modification and optimisation of the object, separation of the variables influencing the movement, etc.). As a result of their conceptual and analytical work, participants conceive a lesson plan.
Created on 13/09/2012 | Author Cecile de Hosson
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Two days during which the course participants are encouraged to build scientific sequences, consider the characteristics of the scientific notebook, and watch videos in order to analyse activities realized in the classroom .
Created on 12/09/2012 | Author Nadine Sire
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On the basis of the question, "How to measure wind speed? "Participants have to imagine and produce a mechanism to answer the question. By doing so, they will be led to follow an investigation process, a process that they will subsequently characterise. They are asked to propose a sequence for class (or at least a session) taking into account the different moments of students' and teachers' activities related to this process. It is a first training session on the investigation process for school teachers but it can also constitute a piece of information for different members of the educational community.
Created on 12/09/2012 | Author Alain Chomat
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