Coimbra: INQUIRE Project! - Take One -


Ana Cristina Tavares ( | 23/02/12 | Coimbra, Portugal

On January 14, 2012 the Botanical Garden of Coimbra University held its first class for teachers training in the IBSE methodology under a project entitled INQUIRE Project - Biodiversity and Sustainability.

It is an inspiring thought that identical courses are being run in 14 botanical gardens by 17 partners in 11 European countries! Teachers are being trained in IBSE techniques for teaching biodiversity and climate change to students between the ages of 9 and 14.

The course at Coimbra Botanical Garden is being attended by nature studies and geography teachers, as well as  educators working in gardens and museums.

The first class focused on introducing the project, the course and the application of IBSE in science teaching. In the course of 12 different sessions featuring lectures, films, garden trails and laboratory work, the trainees are becoming familiar with the IBSE methodology, case studies in biology, geology and geography, and scientific analysis of biodiversity and climate change issues.

By applying the IBSE approach themselves, all trainees have deepened their knowledge of the Garden and its biodiversity and have gradually learned about all the resources available. As a practical final activity they have focused on the Garden's arboretum to study biodiversity and determine the effects of climate change on sampling areas.

This programme is being developed as described in the Coimbra Pilot INQUIRE Course Manual. The first three modules have now been completed and are illustrated by these three fantastic photos:

“Let's hug trees?”
“Explorers in the Botanical Garden”
“Student scientists in the Ecomata garden”

All trainees are currently working on their own projects, with guidance from the trainers. But the best is yet to come: practical application of the IBSE approach with their students!

See you soon!

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Nos espaços verdes do Porto há várias flores nesta altura do ano: Os rododendros, Rhododendron sp.exibem flores rosa fúscia, brancas e vermelho sangue. Os aloés e opuntias, ambos de ambientes desérticos têm flores alaranjadas. As japoneiras com flores na maioria rosa claro e escuro, branco. As magnólias têm cores fúscia e branco. O loureiro, Laurus nobilis tem pequenas inflorescências brancas. Estas são as flores do fim do Inverno e outras mais a acrescentar.

by a.pinheiro079 | 08/03/12 05:02:03

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