To learn and implement innovative pedagogical strategies, to exchange experiences with other professionals and to be able to choose from a wide variety of educational resources on biomedical research are the three aspects that secondary school teachers have valued more positively about the Xplore Health project, jointly promoted by IrsiCaixa and "la Caixa" Foundation. These results have been obtained through the annual evaluation survey for teachers who are part of the network of pilot schools of Xplore Health to ensure that the educational resources and teaching materials of the project are in line with their needs. This year, 37 educators from the clusters of Andalusia, Catalonia and Galicia who use the Xplore Health multimedia resources with over 2400 students have participated in the survey.
The report also shows that the educational resources most used in class are the introductory videos to the different thematic modules, followed by virtual experiments and online games. Teachers also value positively the teaching guides for their clarity, the didactic innovation they incorporate, the promotion of transversal competences among students such as reflective and critical thinking and collaboration, and the context they provide linking with students’ reality.
For this year, respondents stressed the need to continue working to help improve students' communication skills and their ability to delve into complex issues such as ethical, social and legal aspects of research. They also point out that one aspect that could be reinforced would be interaction with other societal actors, since it generally focuses on the research community. On this point, teachers of the Catalan cluster have a different opinion, since last year they participated in the Sana Ment (Healthy Mind) participatory research project, where they were able to interact with researchers, representatives of the Public Administration, civil society entities and higher education students.
The survey was conducted from the Living Lab of Health of IrsiCaixa and two experts in the field of science education at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) commissioned the analysis of the results.