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Chain Reaction: A Sustainable Approach to Inquiry Based Science Education

Objective

Over the last decade a sharp decline in interest and participation in science has been identified in young people across Europe. Should this continue, the capacity to innovate both in industry and research will suffer in the long term. A critical issue in addressing this problem is providing young people with relevant contexts and practical experience of scientific concepts through classroom science. Therefore, the development of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) and active teaching and learning approaches has never been more important. The Chain Reaction project aims to capitalise on a previously successful approach to delivering IBSE in the UK in an attempt to embed IBSE practice within European schools.
The key aim is to equip teacher educators to train teachers across twelve countries in the use of IBSE materials and techniques. Each country will adapt materials and techniques for use in their own country, addressing issues of different curricula and cultures as necessary. This will ensure that each partner will have ownership of resources and classroom techniques suitable for their own situation and contexts, but based around the proven principles of IBSE and based on materials that have already been tried and tested as part of the original Pupil Researcher Initiative (PRI) project.
Chain Reaction will also establish a European teachers' network, aimed at providing support to teachers, sharing experiences and expertise between teachers and training experts. This will help develop the work of the project through delivery, and will also contribute to sustainability in the longer term. The network will aid dissemination of the project resources and outcomes, while enabling peer support both within each year of the project, and across the project as a whole. This will ensure sharing, reflection and discussions of experiences and approaches.
The teacher training, materials and instruction given will be delivered via a cascade approach within schools.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
Address
Howard Street City Campus
S1 1WB Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 531 167,49
Administrative Contact
Stuart Bevins (Dr.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 276 925,39
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luigi Antonio Smaldone (Prof.)
UNIVERZITA MATEJA BELA V BANSKEJ BYSTRICI
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 219 985,68
Address
Narodna 12
974 01 Banska Bystrica
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jana Raganova (Dr.)
TED UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 244 831,81
Address
Ziya Gokalp Caddesi 48
06420 Cankaya Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Murat Gunel (Prof.)
PLOVDIVSKI UNIVERSITET PAISIY HILENDARSKI
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 171 900
Address
24 Tzar Asen
4000 Plovdiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zhelyazka Raykova (Prof.)
CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE FORMATION PEDAGOGIQUE - CIFOP SA
France
EU contribution
€ 420 097,51
Address
Rue Leon Geffroy - Batiment A 144
94400 Vitry Sur Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mounir Gouja (Dr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 238 466
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mojca Cepic (Prof.)
PADAGOGISCHE HOCHSCHULE HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 394 371,64
Address
Keplerstrasse 87
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Appelhans
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 297 047
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleni Karkanaki (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 349 057
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rosemary Fogarty (Ms.)
JORDAN SOCIETY FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Jordan
EU contribution
€ 320 977,23
Address
Al Rasheed District Building 1
11942 Amman
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anwar Battikhi (Prof.)
ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Georgia
EU contribution
€ 136 761
Address
K Cholokashvili Av 3-5
0162 Tbilisi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marina Kapanadze (Dr.)