The Creativity through Early Years Science Education training course is a professional development and innovation course, addressed to teachers and school leaders. The aim of the course is to support classroom innovation and to train teachers and leaders of European schools to act as successful change agents in their schools in order to promote creative approaches, in both teaching and learning, to science learning in preschool and the first years of primary school. The training course is based on the teacher education curriculum design principles and guidelines formulated in the EU-funded project Creative Little Scientists (www.creative-little-scientists.eu), as well as the training approach and teaching materials created by the Erasmus+ project CEYS to promote creative approaches to science learning in preschool and the first years of primary school.
The course will leverage an inquiry-based creative approach through hands-on and reflection sessions to experience the principles of inquiry-based and creative science learning, while introducing the basics of curriculum design research and exploring teacher education curriculum design principles. The latter cover: learning activities, role of teacher educator, materials and resources, grouping, location, time; and assessment.
Finally, course participants will be introduced to a shared online space for collaborating with other course participants, creating and shearing their learning resources to promote creative science learning.