To date, the Epistemic Insight Initiative has received funding from two UKRI Research Councils and Charities in England and overseas.
BQiC: The Big Questions in Classroom Initiative
The Templeton Word Charity Foundation organise a priority area for funding called, Big Questions in Classrooms. Within the BQiC portfolio of grantees and projects, LASAR and the Epistemic Insight Initiative received the largest grant. LASAR provided the research findings that motivated TWCF to create the BQiC priority area via an earlier research project called, Being Human.
Bonnie Poon Zahl is the Principal Advisor for the Big Questions in Classrooms initiative, and also provides consultation to the Foundation on other areas of grantmaking.
About the Big Questions in Classrooms initiative
The TWCF website explain:
Young people are curious about the world around them and their place within it. No single subject alone can answer the universe’s big questions, particularly those that bear on the human search for meaning, purpose, and truth. The Big Questions in Classrooms (BQiC) initiative seeks to help students understand the value of different kinds of knowledge and explanatory frameworks.
BQiC seeks to develop teachers’ and students’ understanding and insight about “how knowledge works,” particularly in the domains of science education and religious education (RE) in England. We want to nurture their curiosity and their appreciation of how various forms of knowledge can come together to enrich our questioning, reasoning, and learning.