Building the future by doing more together

RESEARCH GAME:The European Scientific Research Game
Coordinator - Ana Maria Rodrigues
CESAM Responsible researcher - Ana Maria Rodrigues
Programme - Lifelong Learning Programme - Comenius
Execution dates - 2012-10-01 - 2014-12-31 (27 Months)
Funding Entity - UE
Funding for CESAM - 48499 €
Total Funding - 398400 €
Proponent Institution - Dept. of Biol. and Env. Sc. and Techn. - UNIVERSITY OF SALENTO - ITALY
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Dept. of Biol. and Env. Sc. and Techn., University of Salento, LECCE, ITALY
University of West Scotland, PAISLEY, SCOTLAND
Bildungswerk der Sächsischen Wirtschaft gGmbH, DRESDEN, GERMANY
European Ecological Federation - LONDON, ENGLAND
Kariyer Danismanligi ve Insan Kaynaklarini Gelistirme Dernegi, CEBECI, TURKEY

Needs: Europe needs to adapt to a rapidly changing business and learning environment and it is critical that students understand how science and technology provide the basis for the advances in education and the workplace and how they will affect their careers. The inductive and hypothetico-deductive reasoning of scientific research methodologies require logical reasoning and critical thinking skills that are core competences. These high-level thinking skills provide the fundamental base to tackle the problems of the 21st century. The project fits very well with the EU 2020 Strategy "New Skills for New Jobs" and the General Priorities of LLP.
There has recently been an upsurge of interest in using games for learning. They offer methods of learning that are highly consistent with modern theories of effective learning, that should be active, situated, problem based, interactive, socially mediated, etc. To be successful the affordances offered by a game have to match the desired learning outcomes. Killi (2005) argued that games can offer players support by providing clarity about different stages in solving a problem.
The Project: The Research Game requires students to collaborate across Europe, to build hypotheses, research and test the validity of their hypothesis and finalise a theory based on their findings. It will develop an understanding of scientific research work. Students will be expected to share their research findings and can enter a competition.

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