Innovative “immersion” method and its application in the informal education among Siberian schoolchildren

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.5 Formal and informal education in Arctic studies and science outreach in the Arctic
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Petr Druzyaka (Russian State University for the Humanities, Russian Federation)
Abstract text

The “Pythagora” school –is a community of Siberian scientists and educators, who developed a universal method of education “research immersion”, that has been used for more than 15 years. It aims to show students how scientists  work through educational activities. For this purpose university students and young researchers are attracted.

The current Russian system of public school education reproduces the old Soviet system, and it is directed mostly to achieve the amount of knowledge. Understanding of the fundamental principles is ignored. Vast Siberian areas are remote, located far from the center of the country, and students have less access to qualified primary and secondary education with the use of modern technologies .

In the course of immersion we result a careful study of a certain theme, fundamentally important for the discipline. The learning process is organized in such a way, that students have the most important elements of the theme as a result of self-opening. Finally, this approach helps to change the attitude to the discipline or to the science - it ceases to be the subject of a set of knowledge that you need to remember, but it becomes a system in which you want to learn how to navigate. Several immersions within the certain discipline form the program. In the course students pass from educational games to research problems. “Pythagora” school itself is based in Novosibirsk, but immersion technique allow to make  retreats. Therefore, “Pythagora” school works also with schoolchildren from small Siberian towns located far from the research centers.

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