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Designing transformations: schools of excellence.

Fairburn, Susan Marie


Susan Marie Fairburn


For over 50 years, including some form of Space education in school curriculum has become an established approach for inspiring young minds to study the sciences and pursue science-based careers. Space camps and schools are active all around the globe and typically attract the best and the brightest young minds. But the context of Space is broad and all young minds need the confidence and ability to make choices that will best serve them in the world of learning, life and work. Can the context of space serve as an inclusive educational engagement model and career skills tool to achieve "Schools of Excellence" (SoE)? This paper presents a case study for democratising space education within Scotland through a new SoE Model, which uses design methodology to convey an educational experience. It further demonstrates how the SoE model proposes the context of space to dovetail with Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), with particular relevance to skills for learning, life and work to build skills and foster career agility to equip individuals for the new and changing demands of the future workplace.


FAIRBURN, S.M. 2011. Designing transformations: schools of excellence. Acta astronautica [online], 69(11-12), pages 1132-1142. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 5, 2011
Online Publication Date Aug 19, 2011
Publication Date Dec 31, 2011
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2013
Publicly Available Date Sep 19, 2013
Journal Acta astronautica
Print ISSN 0094-5765
Electronic ISSN 1879-2030
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 69
Issue 11-12
Pages 1132-1142
Keywords Space education; Space architecture; Design thinking; Careers; STEM education
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