VĚŽ –  „Věda pro život, život pro vědu“

Science for Life, Life for Science

 
 

Project coordinator:

Centre for Higher Education Studies

 

Project partners:

Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Transportation Sciences

Děčín Technical College and Construction and Secondary Industrial School

Secondary School of Machinery, Gastronomy and Automotive in Chomutov

Integrated Technical and Economical High School, Sokolov

Gymnázium Cheb (high school)
Gymnázium Děčín (high school)

Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Faculty of Production Technology and Management

 
 

Project period:  1 January 2014 – 30 June 2015

Project support: Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme

 
 

A brief description of the project

The basic aim of the project was the systematic preparation of human resources at high schools and HEIs for targeted and methodical support of education in science and technology, with the focus on the Ústí nad Labem and Karlovy Vary Region. Further education of academic (scientific-pedagogical and research) staff at HEIs in research and development management, its popularization and dissemination of results into practice, was aimed to prepare these human resources for targeted and methodical support of high school, tertiary professional school and possibly also primary school teachers.

 

The influence of academics on secondary school teachers through seminars and workshops was aimed to popularize research and development and the usage of its results in society. It helped to improve the qualification of secondary school teachers and at the same time it supported the cooperation between HEIs and high schools. Lectures and consultations provided by academics and recognized personalities of research and development as well as short-term internships or practical lessons led by HEI students ensured systematic work with secondary school students throughout the project.

 

Another way of supporting the systematic work with students of secondary schools and tertiary professional schools were various (regularly repeating) popularization activities at HEIs, excursions to companies, leisure activities and excursions abroad. Starting a new systematically repeating activity motivated students to prepare their own creative technical projects for a conference, which was organized for this purpose in the new lecture hall of the UJEP Rectorate.

 

Mapping the situation in the popularization of research and development,  supporting scientific and technical studies in the targeted regions and sociological surveys among secondary school teachers and students made it possible to propose effective associating and cooperation of educational, research and business entities in both regions and contributed to supporting the long-term and systematic development of cooperation. The project also focused on systematic dissemination of the results obtained (website, public results, media).

 
 

Results

For the education of academic researchers and experts, high school and HEI teachers and students, comprehensive educational materials  were ? developed with a number of practical attachments in the form of texts or presentations and methodical handbooks, including methodical handbooks on excursions. Three comprehensive educational materials, all 22 methodical handbooks and their 54 attachments are available at CHES.

 
 

Various interconnecting of educational entities, creating of their associations, sociological surveys and analysis of regional strategic documents were interpreted in the seven following studies:

 

Prudký, L. 2015. Metodická příručka pro práci s empirickým sociologickým výzkumem studentů středních škol. (‘‘Methodical handbook for work with empirical sociological research of secondary school students.”) CHES, Prague.

 

Šebková, H. 2015.  Dokumenty Ústeckého kraje v souvislosti s výsledky řízených rozhovorů s učiteli středních škol a vyšší odborné školy. (“Documents of the Ústí Region in connection with the results of structured interviews with secondary school and HEI teachers.”) CHES, Prague.

 

Šebková, H. 2015.  Dokumenty Karlovarského kraje v souvislosti s výsledky řízených rozhovorů s učiteli středních škol. (“Documents of the Karlovy Vary Region in connection with the results od structured interviews with secondary school and HEI teachers.”) CHES, Prague.

 

Roskovec, V., Šebková, H. 2015.  Výsledky řízených rozhovorů s učiteli partnerských škol v projektu VĚŽ („Results of structured interviews with teachers from partner schools of the project VĚŽ“) CHES, Prague.

 

Prudký, L. 2015.  Aspirace a motivace k dalším aktivitám studentů vybraných středních škol v Ústeckém a Karlovarském kraji. (“Aspirations and motivation for further activities of students from selected high schools in the Ústí nad Labem and Karlovy Vary Regions.”) CHES, Prague.

 

Prudký, L. 2015.  Postupy výuky přírodovědných a technických předmětů s využitím výsledků projektu VĚŽ. (“Procedures for teaching science and technology using the results of the project VĚŽ”) CHES, Prague.

 

Prudký, L., Harasimowicz, M. 2015. Mapování podob a možností spolupráce středních škol v Ústeckém a Karlovarském kraji. (“Mapping forms and possibilities of cooperation between secondary schools in the Ústí nad Labem and Karlovy Vary Regions.”) CHES, Prague.

 
 

The most interesting and successful part of the project was the conference dedicated to projects of secondary school students. A detailed description of the conference itself and a brief description of all submitted competition projects of students can be found in the conference proceedings:

 

Beneš, J. 2015. Sborník z konference PŘÍTECH: Soutěž žáků a studentů v projektech z oblasti Přírodovědných a technických oborů. („Proceedings of the conference PŘÍTECH: Student project competition in the field of Science and Technology.”) CHES, Prague. It is worth mentioning presentation  of the five best projects –  Děčínský geoparkŽivá kronikaMateřská školkaGaussovo dělo a Nulový dům (Děčín geopark, Living chronicle, Kindergarten, Gauss’s cannon, Zero house), selected by the organizing committee of the conference. Other projects entered in the competition were also very successful.

 

Other documents are available on request at CHES.