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The Linnaeus Schools Project

A national initiative for schools is planned for2007 incollaboration with the National Linnaeus Commission and The Swedish National Agency for School Improvement. The initiative is principally targeted at teachers working in primary schools, compulsory secondary schools, upper secondary schools and adult education. Schools whose profile includes an ecological component will also be included in the initiative. The material that is produced will also be available for associations working in public education. The main goal of the initiative is to stimulate learning, further education, research education, and research.

Inspiration from Linnaeus for teaching
The aim of the Linnaeus Schools Project is to provide inspiration and ideas that can be used by teachers at all levels in schools for a multidisciplinary approach in which the natural sciences are a component of a wider context that includes other subjects. The Linnaeus Schools Project enables Carl Linnaeus to be used as starting point for developing school activities, starting with the tercentenary year 2007.

The Schools Project:

  • will stimulate a sense of curiosity, the joy of discovery and a thirst for learning.
  • will inspire to investigative working.
  • will provide an opportunity to reflect over Linnaeus and his age, and stimulate discussion about developments that have taken place since then, and developments in the future.
  • is based on current research within different fields, and will be useful in practice in schools.
  • is permeated by an environmental perspective, a perspective of sustainable development and biodiversity. The natural world and outdoor teaching will be central.
  • is consistent with the policy documents that govern schools, and it shows that work that uses Linnaeus as a starting point gives major opportunities for reaching curricular goals and goals in specific subjects.
  • is intended for teachers at all levels of educational background, and intended to be used for different ages and in different teaching situations.

The Schools Project is based on the following themes: Linnaeus and the world of organisms, Linnaeus and medical science, Linnaeus and the 18th Century, Linnaeus in Sweden and abroad. Printed material will be produced that is coupled to a website.

The initiative for schools includes:
1.  An award: The Linnaeus Schools 2007.
2.  Production of printed material giving ideas and inspiration for teaching.
3.  The production of a supplementary website, to be maintained and used after the end of the tercentenary year.
4.  Special days of ideas and experiences, workshops and other competence development activities for teachers, based on a Linnaeus theme.

Project Centres
The Swedish Centre for School Biology and Biotechnology is responsible for work with the Linnaeus Schools Project . The Swedish National Agency for School Improvement is providing financial support.

Information and contact details
Schools will be informed about the Linnaeus Schools Project during 2006, starting in the latter part of the spring (preliminary date is March). Material for schools (both printed and Internet-based) will be available at the end of 2006.

The Swedish Centre for School Biology and Biotechnology.
Britt-Marie Lidesten , project manager.

All information on this web site is from the Linnaeus Tercentenary year of 2007 and has not been updated since. If using texts from this web site, please refer to Linnaeus2007 as the source.
Use of pictures from sit web site is not allowed.

© Photograph from the Fredriksdal gardens