Stereotypes and Hard Science Fiction Erasmus Project

General information for the Stereotypes and Hard Science Fiction Erasmus Project

Stereotypes and Hard Science Fiction Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am

Project Title

Stereotypes and Hard Science Fiction

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for school education

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Overcoming skills mismatches (basic/transversal); Gender equality / equal opportunities; Inclusion – equity

Project Summary

In the current times of socio-political conflicts rising between bordering countries, migrants and refugees coming to Europe, economic crisis, leads to prejudice and discrimination based on gender, socio-economic classes, racial and ethnic stereotypes; promoting general xenophobia, racism, gender based violence, bulling, discrimination between social classes and sexual orientations. All this exist in schools, which represent a micro society, with all that the surrounding society has. These behaviours are usually based on social stereotypes; and although stereotypes are normal ways to simplify the world around us, if we fail to ‘see’ beyond the stereotypes, we will fall into discrimination and even violence.
StereoSciFi project was implemented in schools, also because it is an environment where students are to learn, and where they spend long time every day. The students targeted (between 7th and 12th grades) are at the stage in which the peer group gets more importance and influences the most of their personality development. This stage is perfect to make them realize that stereotypes, although helpful for general interpretation of the world, should not be the only basis to act at others, and make them alert to find out about the specific characteristics of others, and accept what is different, and also that different doesn’t always mean worst.
How to attract youngsters to develop their social skills related to social stereotypes? The best way is to use what they find most attractive. Considering the technological advances in world today, science is appealing to students. Also appealing to youngsters are books and films. In StereoSciFi we put all these together: we used books and films, science fiction (hard science fiction, which is based on science, especially on social sciences) ones, which portray social stereotypes and social situations that could lead to discrimination, and created activities to develop social skills in students. These activities are performed in schools: in classes, if included in subject curricula, or as extra school activity as in school workshops.
StereoSciFi partnership includes 6 partners from 5 countries: PT, IT, ES, LT and PL. There are different organisations, although all are important in school education sector: HR consulting expert in creating learning materials and resources (P1/PT); public school of secondary level (P2/PT); European association expert in creating and providing activities to youngsters, and organizing events such as workshops and festival (P3/IT); professional school providing regular secondary education and professional courses in technological areas (P4/ES); training centre expert in training teachers and creating and providing tailored activities to students with special needs (P5/LT); University, its department of Education, expert in research and creation of resources and materials to school education and teachers (P6/PL). All partners are engaged in all activities and outputs, but doing different tasks according to their expertise, as follows:
Project Management, lead partner is P1/PT (project coordinator); under Project Management were Dissemination Activities (lead partner is P4/ES), and project Evaluation & Quality Assurance (lead partner is P3/IT).
O1 – Catalogue of Science Fiction Books and Films, including 12 books and 12 films portraying social stereotypes and situations; available to free download on website, in English and partners languages.
O2 – Activities Suitcase, including 4 books and 4 films, and minimum 3 activities per book / film (3 items have 4 activities), available to free download on website, in English and partners languages
O3 – Teachers Guide, with guidelines to teachers use the catalogue and Activities Suitcase in their schools, available to free download on website, in English and partners languages.
The methodology used in StereoSciFi implementation was TeamWork (all partners are involved in all activities and IOs, but according to their expertise), so teambuilding was crucial right from the start and especially developed during partnership meetings; and the involvement of target group from the start, and for this it is important all dissemination activities, and involvement of students and teachers in assessing the results, to guarantee the adequacy to target group.
As main results we had the improvement of social skills in students, measured in pilot evaluation, which will turn into better social inclusion of all school students, and this will pass on to society. We had immediate impact on the participants of Pilot Actions, teachers and students, as seen in evaluation of pilot, and the large number (395 instead of foreseen 88) of participants, and their sharing experience in Multiplier events held. High % of teachers (more than 70%) stating they will use the StereoSciFi Pack. And large numbers of followers on Social Media, around 600 instead of 200 foreseen, which encourage to share the experience and reach even more users!

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 148871 Eur

Project Coordinator

Aidlearn, Consultoria em Recursos Humanos Lda. & Country: PT

Project Partners

  • Telsiu svietimo centras
  • Agrupamento de Escolas Emídio Navarro