Les Savanturiers, education through research

Marc-André Girard talks to Ange Ansour, head of the Les Savanturiers program at the CRI de Paris, with whom he talks about opening the silos between research and education.

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Today we are discussing with Ange Ansour, head of the Les Savanturiers program at the Paris Interdisciplinary Research Center (CRI), who talks about opening the silos between research and education.

Text by Alexane Saint-Amant

The “École branchée educational meetings” are podcast interviews with school stakeholders from here and elsewhere. In this episode, our collaborator (and concept creator) Marc-André Girard talks with ANge ansour, head of the savanturiers program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CRI) in Paris.

It was after having worked for several years as a translator in France that Ange Ansour decided to take a competitive examination as a free candidate to become a teacher. Assigned to a school in the Parisian suburbs, she immediately fell in love with her new job!

After seven years, she wanted a new challenge. This is how she joined the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CRI) to develop a project around education through research for young people.

In his eyes, there is a common thread between the professions of translator and teacher. Both are smugglers. And today, Ange Ansour considers that she continues to play this role of interface of messages with the project. scholars.

Les Savanturiers: education through research from kindergarten

The Scholars, a name originally created by Boris Vian, is aimed at students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Its triple mission integrates educational actions at school and around the school (extracurricular), training and professional development for teachers as well as research around educational facts.

The conviction of the Savanturiers team is that the school should not be outside the world of research, but should constitute an important link. All of the projects aim for students to learn to build from what already exists to produce new knowledge.

Ange Ansour insists on the fact that in all the actions proposed by the Savanturiers, it is the teachers who are the project managers.

Varied services… and totally free!

Every year around April, the Savanturiers publish their various calls for projects. Teachers can then register their class, benefit from support and be assigned a mentor. All for free.

The projects touch on themes as varied as astrophysics, sociology, history or ethnology. Ange explains that regardless of the theme chosen, the project becomes a pretext for there to be changes in attitudes, posture and the way of imagining the arrangement between teachers and students.

In addition, teachers can experience projects on their own thanks to the resources available online at the " scholarly library ".

A participatory science

The Savanturiers do not stop at the borders of France. In addition to being present in seven other countries of La Francophonie, the project has reached the United Kingdom and China, where collaborators participate in the translation of resources.

To the question "do you have a foothold in Quebec", she replies: "Welcome teachers from Quebec, we only ask that! ".

Twitter: @AngeAnsour

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In a last pedagogical meeting of the École branchée, Marc-André Girard spoke with the director of the Interdisciplinary Research Center (CRI), François Taddéi. You can read the article and listen to the interview here.

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About the Author

Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard
Marc-André Girard holds a bachelor's degree in humanities education (1999), a master's degree in history teaching (2003) and a master's degree in educational management (2013). He is currently a doctoral student in school administration. He specializes in change management in schools as well as in educational leadership. He is also interested in 21st century skills to be developed in education. He holds a managerial position in a public primary school and gives lectures on educational leadership, pedagogical approaches, change in the school environment as well as on the professionalization of teaching. He took part in educational expeditions to France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Morocco. In September 2014, he published the book “Le change en milieu scolaire québécois” with Éditions Reynald Goulet and, in 2019, he published a trilogy on the school of the 21st century with the same publisher. He frequently collaborates with L'École branchée on educational issues. He is very involved in everything that surrounds the professional development of teachers and school administrators as well as the integration of ICT in education. In March 2016, he received a CHAPO award from AQUOPS for his overall involvement.