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Mind the Gap: Learning, Teaching, Research and Policy in Inquiry-Based Science Education

Objective

The key concept of this project is inquiry-based teaching of secondary school science. Research and development done in Europe in the area of inquiry-based science teaching (IBST) is abundant, however, the knowledge is spread and indistinct, and thereby not utilised to its full potential by teachers and educators throughout Europe. The project aims to gather, exchange, develop and disseminate ideas of good practices in IBST. The overall aim of Mind the Gap is to stimulate a more engaging and interesting science teaching based on principles of IBST so that more young people in general, and girls in particular, wish to pursue educations and careers in science and technology. We argue that if the science teaching shall succeed in meeting young people in their interests and concerns, we will need to examine and connect • The gap between theory and practice in inquiry based science • The gap between teaching and learning • The gap between research, policy and practice • The gap between educational policies and in-service training • The gap between instructional designs and preferable tools • The gap between cognitive demands and available tools • The gap between the culture of science and marginalized groups (including girls) The Mind the Gap project and network will focus on such gaps and aim to bridge them across different European contexts (Norway, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom, Spain, and France). The project design involves six work packages (WPs), including one management WP, each lead from different Europeans countries with relevant expertise. One of the WPs provides an overall background for IBST, three WPs go more in-depth into three specific themes (scientific literacy, ICT, and communication and argumentation). And the last WP will try out models for disseminating knowledge and ideas for best practice of IBST through teacher professional development (including SINUS) in different countries and contexts.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/inquiry based learning
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 269 452
Administrative Contact
Anne Turid Hågå (Ms.)

Participants (8)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 53 885
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne-Marie Helle (Ms.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 114 712
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 80 684
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vince Boyle (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE RENNES II
France
EU contribution
€ 56 068
Address
Place Du Recteur Henri Le Moal
35043 Rennes Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sylvain Laubé (Dr.)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR DIE PADAGOGIKDER NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN UND MATHEMATIK AN DER UNIVERSITAT KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 60 217
Address
Olshausenstrasse 62
24118 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Manfred Prenzel (Prof.)
KUTATO TANAROK ORSZAGOS SZOVETSEGE
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 49 006
Address
Dohany Utca 10-14
1074 Budapest
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Istvan Lagzi (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 54 583
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martín Cacheiro Martínez (Mr.)
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 41 669
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tina Seidel (Prof.)