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Promoting inquiry in mathematics and science education across Europe

Promoting inquiry in mathematics and science education across Europe

Objective

This project aims to effect a change across Europe in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science with teachers supported to develop inquiry-based learning (IBL) pedagogies so that students gain experience of IBL approaches. Ultimately, our objective is a greater number of students with more positive dispositions towards further study of these subjects and the desire to be employed in related fields. The proposal brings together 13 teams of experts in IBL in mathematics and science education from 12 nations and will be led and managed by a researcher who has recent successful experience of European work of this type. The nine working packages will be led by appropriate experts from the wider team, who will ensure the successful completion of each stage of the project. Overall, our design of the project throughout has been focused so as to provide a multi-level dissemination plan addressed to teachers and important stakeholders to ensure maximum impact. This plan includes the provision of high quality support for, and training of, teachers and teacher trainers; selection of high quality materials and methods with which to work with teachers, supporting actions addressed to teachers to advertise IBL, methods of working with out-of-school parties such as local authorities and parents and summaries of analyses that will inform a wide range of policy makers about how they can support the required changes. Throughout the project’s timeline national consultancy panels and two international panels will provide on-going advice and orientation at key stages. To maximise the project’s “reach” to teachers either established networks for professional development of teachers will be expanded, or new networks will be built using models which have proven efficacy. Rigorous evaluation both by an internal team and an outside agency will provide formative and summative feedback about the validity of the project and its effectiveness.

Coordinator

Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg

Address

Kunzenweg 21
79117 Freiburg

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 812 783

Administrative Contact

Katja Maaß (Prof.)

Participants (14)

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UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 195 000

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 359 313

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 477 210

UNIVERSIDAD DE JAEN

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 264 277

CONSTANTINE THE PHILOSOPHER UNIVERSITY IN NITRA

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 83 558

SZEGEDI TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 67 163

TECHNOLOGIKO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 34 076,82

UNIVERSITA TA MALTA

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 80 250

ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 102 658

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 104 355

UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 73 334

HOGSKOLEN I SOR-TRONDELAG

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 111 097

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR DIE PADAGOGIKDER NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN UND MATHEMATIK AN DER UNIVERSITAT KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

EDEX - EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE CORPORATION LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 111 161,18

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244380

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 309 696,88

  • EU contribution

    € 2 996 236

Coordinated by:

Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg

Germany