A. Project-oriented methodology:
A project-oriented methodology involves the students in real-life actions whose objectives and stages they know as well as the roles they play. The local river is a precise and real object, which is close to the school and in the municipality, so is accessible and meaningful for the local history.
About this river:
Define concrete objectives of the study which are linked with the river’s state, characterisrics, uses, relations with living creatures (humans included), ways of improving its qualities, and enhancing its advantages. The objective is not necessarily to turn the river into an inaccessible sanctuary but rather to consider possible changes, including of behaviour, to make it a river free of a number of constraints.
Collect data using various sources such as the subjects taught in class, the web, with users of the river, experts, associations, etc. Data collection is structured and oriented around the previously defined objective of the study. Joint phases planned by the teachers’ team must allow for meeting experts, carrying out scientific analyses, and monitoring groupwork progress.
Understand the river and its surroundings by bringing together the collected data.
Take action related to the local river and its populations through internal and external communication such as the "Free your River" platform to communicate with other European schools, and presentation of results and recommendations to local authorities.
Assess the students and project with respect to:
- environmental skills and behaviour
- discipline knowledge and skills, to interdisciplinary skills
- European cooperation and languages.
- autonomy and critical sense