Students use their imagination to design smart, sustainable products from forest materials

By Lina Varg and Christina Ottander, Umeå University The MULTIPLIERS partners from Umeå, Sweden, are working with the theme Forest use vs forest protection, which includes a great deal of complexities, and involves different stakeholders’ perspectives. Forests contribute to society in a multitude of ways. In Sweden, apart from providing a space for recreation, reindeer …

Touch and smell the forest! The teaching material Skogslabbet is used for a workshop at SciFest in Uppsala, Sweden

By Lina Varg and Christina Ottander, Umeå University Society benefits from the forests’ contribution of a variety of services such as wood production, climate control, and spaces for recreation. However, the different stakeholder perspectives could lead to conflicts of interest which need to be considered with regard to economical, ecological, cultural and social aspects. Umeå …

Training argumentation and critical thinking skills in a role-play about forests

How can students develop skills such as argumentation and critical thinking? The Umeå University is investigating the topic using the Forest Lab learning materials around forest use and forest protection By Teresia Borgman Action competence is all about knowledge and abilities such as critical thinking and argumentation. According to the Swedish National Agency for Education, …

Students as Agents of Social Change/MULTIPLIERS & OStogether Inspiration Session

What does the school of the future look like? The times when students were considered mere recipients of information are over. Still, schools haven’t fully transitioned yet into a model that strongly encourages student participation, agency and self-efficacy, preparing pupils to tackle real-world challenges. With a focus on science education and sustainability dilemmas, the MULTIPLIERS …

What is Open Schooling? The MULTIPLIERS approach to build inclusive and long-lasting learning communities

Modern societies are facing a wide range of complex challenges, such as fighting climate change, protecting the environment, promoting healthy living and fighting pandemics such as COVID-19, among others. To successfully prepare for and address such challenges, citizens must actively engage in public dialogue on scientific issues and participate responsibly in science-informed decision making. Still, …