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SCIENCEDUC — Result In Brief

Project ID: 511164
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY
Country: France

Children's science perked up

Inquiry-based teaching promises to make science more engaging and interesting for primary school students, helping them to consider and embrace this important field in their adult lives.
Children's science perked up
The days of one-way science lecturing in primary schools are numbered as educators seek more creative, interactive and engaging methods to communicate complex subjects to young students. The EU-funded project 'Renovation of science teaching in European primary education with inquiry methods' (Scienceduc) has been on the forefront of new teaching methods in this respect.

With the EU realising the importance of early education in science to assist intellectual and social development, Scienceduc has begun directing the EU on a path to modernising science education. Many nations worldwide have already demonstrated a high success rate with inquiry-based teaching methods but Europe has remained relatively behind.

Keeping in mind that such a vision requires intense teacher training, educational research and increased resources, the project targeted Estonia, France, Hungary, Portugal and Sweden to begin with. It then extended specific activities to Germany and Italy in an effort to widen communication of cutting-edge strategies and activities in science education for primary students.

Overall, Scienceduc fostered online knowledge and resource exchanges among partner countries and hosted 14 conferences in different nations. This was further solidified by a final conference that also offered tools for networking and resource distribution. Such a powerful network has valiantly contributed to reinventing science education through inquiry-based teaching and to raising the bar in scientific literacy across Europe.

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