INQUIRE is reinvigorating inquiry-based science education

INQUIRE is helping to reinvigorate inquiry-based science education throughout Europe. Run by botanic gardens in 11 countries, INQUIRE teacher training courses are demonstrating how IBSE can inspire students in science and help address biodiversity and climate change.

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BGEN Conference 2014

07/10/14 | London, UK

BGEN Conference 2014

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is hosting the next Botanic Gardens Education Network (UK) Conference 'Learning for Sustainable Development', 5th-7th November 2014, Devon, United Kingdom.

INQUIRE Final Publishable Report now available

02/10/14 | London, UK

INQUIRE Final Publishable Report now available

The EU FP7 INQUIRE Project was developed and implemented to support science literacy in Europe through teacher-training courses, focusing on the integration of Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) into informal and formal education programmes.

INQUIRE Ethical Guidelines now available

02/10/14 | London, UK

INQUIRE Ethical Guidelines now available

INQUIRE Literature Review is now available to download.The development, delivery and evaluation of the INQUIRE project raised ethically sensitive issues such as data protection, working with plants or working with children outdoors.

INQUIRE External Evaluation Report now available

02/10/14 | London, UK

INQUIRE External Evaluation Report now available

The External Evaluation Report is now available to download. It explores the extend to which the project moved towards fulfilling its stated aims and completion date and to provide recommendations for the future development of the project.

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16/10/13 | London

Climate change is happening- The IPCC’s fifth report

IPCC report published in September reveals that, due to human activity, average global temperatures are at their highest for 1400 years. It is already affecting the planet and it's only going to get worse. With the report suffering backlash from still unconvinced critics, how are the public to know what to believe?

14/10/13 | London

Stop Global Food Waste

Up to 2bn tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted every year, resulting in the loss of land, water and energy. In Europe, better farming practices and transport, storage and processing facilities means that a larger proportion of food produced reaches our market. Why then do we waste it through retail and customer behaviour?

27/09/13 | Moscow

From drawing of plants to plant systematics

We would like to present our experience, which may be interesting to teachers not only in secondary education, but also in primary schools. During three months we conducted a natural science study group for schoolchildren 10-11 years in Moscow school No 57. The students in the group compiled plant determinants...

19/09/13 | Bremen, Germany

Project "Wild plant-protection Germany"

15 wild plant species are endangered in Germany. This species include arnica (Arnica montana), dune gentian (Gentianella uliginosa) and marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis). Aim of the project is to build up a national network for protecting endangered wild plants in Germany to provide a long-term survivable population of these species.

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I am looking forward to learning to use IBSE in the classroom. Juliet Smith, teacher of KS2, London

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The report covers sensitive issues arisen during the development, delivery and evaluation of the INQUIRE Project.

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