|Case Study 27: Active Learning|
Education for saving energy at school and at home
Summary of the case
The aim of the project was to reduce energy use in school buildings and homes by teaching children efficient use of energy, RES and efficiency in transport through hands-on and experimental activities. The project advocates that children can be important resources in their own education rather than passive receivers of information. Expected results were increased knowledge and awareness, behaviour change as well as actual energy savings in participating school buildings and in the homes of the involved actors (children and educators).
The main outcome was the development of an educational package on active learning (AL) and energy monitoring (EM) for use in primary schools. The material was replicated from European best practice experience and was adapted to national conditions. The pedagogical quality was secured through active involvement of educators in all phases of the project. The tool was tested through implementation in 10 schools per participating country and was adjusted according to experiences made. Experiences were discussed and success criteria identified. The results were assessed by an evaluation in the pilot schools. Implementation of AL and EM is estimated to have resulted in 10-14% energy savings where applied.