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Creative Little Scientists: Enabling Creativity through Science and Mathematics in Preschool and First Years of Primary Education

Objective

Science and mathematics education is important for Europe. Creativity and innovation are equally recognised as important, and their strengthening in and through education as a vital priority. Importantly, also, creativity holds a strong position in early childhood. The Creative Little Scientists project constitutes a timely contribution to a better understanding, at the European level, of the potential available on the common ground that science and mathematics education in pre-school and early primary school can share with creativity. It provides a clear picture of existing and possible practices, as well as their implications and the related opportunities and challenges. Based on this, the project proposes guidelines, curricula and exemplary materials for relevant teacher training in the various European contexts. The research findings and outcomes are carefully disseminated, in easy to use formats, to all stakeholders at the European level. To achieve these, the Creative Little Scientists project brings together a consortium comprising expertise of the highest level and quality in the areas of science and mathematics education in early childhood, creativity in education, cognitive psychology, comparative educational studies, and teacher training. This consortium carries out research in a sample of nine European countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Romania, and the UK) which have been selected to represent a wide spectrum of educational, economic, social and cultural contexts. In this way, the consortium will be able to extrapolate and exploit the findings from the nine sample countries, at the European level.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics
  • /social sciences/psychology/cognitive psychology
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching
  • /social sciences/psychology

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI SCHOLI PANAGEA SAVVA AE
Address
Dimitriou Panagea Sttr
15351 Pallini
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 197 400
Administrative Contact
Sofoklis Sotiriou (Dr.)

Participants (12)

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
20 Bedford Way
WC1H 0AL London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jenny Graham (Ms.)
UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 153 600
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jenny Graham (Ms.)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 163 200
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Davidson (Ms.)
BISHOP GROSSETESTE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LINCOLN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 141 600
Address
Newport
LN1 3DY Lincoln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Johnston (Mrs.)
ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 153 600
Address
Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mika Saikkonen (Mr.)
ARTEVELDEHOGESCHOOL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 141 600
Address
Hoogpoort 15
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michaela Vanloo (Ms.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 34 016,35
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mareike Schmitt (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 93 600
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vasco Teixeira (Prof.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU FIZICA LASERILOR PLASMEI SI RADIATIEI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 83 700
Address
Atomistilor 409
077125 Magurele / Ilfov
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mihaela Osman (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE PICARDIE JULES VERNE
France
EU contribution
€ 140 400
Address
Chemin Du Thil
80025 Amiens
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Veaceslav Grosu (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
EU contribution
€ 111 600
Address
University Campus, Tal-qroqq
2080 Msida
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Suzanne Gatt (Dr.)
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 77 583,65
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Hasenpusch (Ms.)