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Exploring “Open schooling” through SEAS (Science Education for Action and engagement towards Sustainability)

Technological, socio-economical, and environmental changes are rapidly transforming and posing new challenges to our societies. What scientific knowledge, literacies, and skills do students and citizens need to address these challenges? Through SEAS, we are developing tools and methods that facilitate collaboration between schools and local communities facing sustainability challenges through “open schooling”.

Open schooling involves:
Schools cooperate with other institutions and organizations
Schools change the way science comes into the classroom
Schools change the way the science classroom makes a difference in the world.

cCHANGE is leading the Norwegian local network
The Norwegian Open Schooling network brings together students, teachers, families and local actors to support transformative learning and active citizenship in the local community.

Boost innovation and exploration of new ways of learning
In particular, the local network aims to boost the innovation and exploration of new ways of learning by building bridges between the school and the local community. This includes a shift towards more interdisciplinary and investigative learning tools, and new collaborations with a variety of stakeholders in private, public and civil society.

The network makes use of and develops tools and methods that enable the students to experience the value of personal engagement and develop important competencies to engage as active citizens in their local community. The “Open Schooling” approach also provides methods for the school to play a bigger role in solving the issues of our time. Another aim of this network is therefore to prepare the school institution to lead sustainable and equitable transformations.

“Fagfornyelsen” – the new curriculum
With the new curriculum in Norway as a backdrop, the local Open Schooling network will support the schools and the teachers in deep, interdisciplinary, practical, experiential and transformative learning in the overarching theme sustainable development, as well as themes such as life mastery, democracy and citizenship.

Coordinators and collaborating partners
The Norwegian network is led by cCHANGE and the Institute for Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo, in collaboration with the following partners: Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo; Framtiden i våre hender (The Future in Our Hands), InfodesignLab, Pådriv, and Splint / Kompass & Co.

Collaborating schools
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The network has its base in Oslo, but involves collaborations more widely throughout the three-year project period.

SEAS (Science Education for Action and engagement towards Sustainability) consists of six open schooling-networks in Austria, Estonia, Sweden, Italy, Belgium and Norway. Each network hosts projects related to sustainability and is a meeting point of collaborators within schools, universities, local businesses and the civil sector.

Read more about SEAS here.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824522.