RCE Denmark-2011

1. General Information
Contact Name(s): 
1. Rikke Schultz, 2. Niels Larsen, 3. Marianne Mortensen
Organizational Affiliation : 
University College Lillebælt, Kirkebakke school, Nørremark's school & Juelsminde schools, University Copenhagen
Role in the project: 
1. Project coordination and consultant, 2. Development, implementation and evaluation of trial education, 3. Research associate
E-Mail Address(es): 
2. Project Information
1. Project title: 
Development of a design model for an area for dissemination of sustainability knowledge in the school's center for learning (the school library)
2. Project Description: 
The aim of the project is to develop and test a design for an area of knowledge dissemination in the school's center of learning (the extended school library). The knowledge dissemination area is a place that can disseminate knowledge about sustainability as themes in different subjects, cross-disciplinary courses, and in the kids' lives outside of school.
Furthermore the project will test new ways of collaboration and of practice between teacher trainees and teachers.
Relevant teaching materials are to be included and disseminated: books, movies, videos, boards for illustration, objects, living nature, simulations, websites, etc.
3. Project Status: 
4. Key Words
Area of knowledge dissemination, school library, waste management, climate change, happiness, sustainable food, recycling
5. Project categories
Project categories: 
6. Expected outcomes:: 
A model for how the school library and the teachers can collaborate about Education for Sustainable Development in primary schools - with the involvement of students in the process
7. Duration of the Project:: 
1.8.2010 – 30.9 2011
3. Project Leadership & Vision
8. Project coordination (e.g. teams): 
Project coordinator
Team of consultants
School teams: Coordinator(school librarian) + 2 teachers
9. Leadership structure
a. Administration: 
b. Transactional: 
c. Transformational: 
4. Project results
10. Project results : 
What are the current results of the project in terms of Outcomes:
The project has provided new ideas about how students, teachers and school Librarians can collaborate to increase the awareness of sustainable development among each other, parents and other students – by: pointing out key-note questions related to sustainable development and by arranging exhibitions, learning materials and learning events involving third partners
11. Contribution to reforms and innovations: 
New understandings about sustainable development have evolved in the schools that have been involved.
Concrete ideas for future educational activities are ready for implementation.

New understandings about how students with different preconditions (i.e. different grades/forms, bilingual students) can be included in differentiated ways in knowledge dissemination, fx by using the cooperative learning model.

Examples of new ways of working with sustainable development – ways that can be included in curricula in teachers training and education for school librarians
12. Unexpected / unplanned results: 
The project has shown it to be quite easy for the students at the intermediate levels to understand and navigate through complex issues and connections. During the project the students became very motivated to change their daily practices in the direction of an increased level of sustainability
5. Partnership and networking
14. Project Network
a. Information network: 
b. Knowledge network: 
c. Innovation network: 
6. Participation
16. Participation opportunities
a. Informational participation: 
b. Consultation participation: 
c. Decision influencing participation : 
7. Education & Learning
17. Educational activities: 
Workshop on dissemination through exhibitions (Sept. 10th 2010); workshop on evaluation of knowledge dissemination (Oct. 1rst, 2010)
18. Learning activities: 
The main emphasis in the applied workshop form has been active participation and independent reflections upon different problems concerning knowledge dissemination and evaluation.
19. Educational activities
a. Theory: 
b. Discussion: 
c. Interactive and Multidimensional "action oriented education": 
8. Research Integration
21. Research partners: 
Copenhagen University, University College Lillebælt
22. Description of research
b. Interdisciplinary: 
c. Transdisciplinary: 
Project Reports
Teacher Education
Research and Development
Transformitive Learning
One More Issue: 
Teacher Education and Better Schools