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PRIMAS — Result In Brief

Project ID: 244380
Funded under: FP7-SIS
Country: Germany

Making math and science more appealing to students

Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is making mathematics and science more attractive to students.
Making math and science more appealing to students
There is a need for more workers with skills in science and mathematics, given the ever-rapid development of technologies and this sector's importance to EU economies. Yet, there is a shortage of students taking these subjects across Europe.

An EU-funded research and dissemination project, PRIMAS (Promoting inquiry in mathematics and science education across Europe), aimed to increase their uptake by introducing innovative teaching methods in primary and secondary schools. Using IBL, the teacher scaffolds students’ inquiry-processes. The inquiry approach to teaching and learning. These IBL techniques spark students' intrinsic interest in science and mathematics and foster their problem-solving skills.

The 4-year project involved teachers and educational experts from 12 European countries. They have formed a sustainable network working to promote the uptake of these learning methods in schools in each EU Member State.

PRIMAS team members examined and compared the situation in European countries, and then proceeded to develop suitable training approaches and accompanying materials (classroom materials for teachers and professional development materials). Around 70 000 teachers have been reached through PRIMAS, with professional development courses, academic and practice-oriented publications and events promoting the use of IBL approaches in schools across Europe.

The project has set the groundwork for a sustainable evaluation of teaching and learning practices in European schools that should equip the next generation with skills needed as citizens and professionals in the innovation- and knowledge-based economy of the future.

PRIMAS materials are accessible through the European portal SCIENTIX and all publications can be found on the project website. The project has been flagged by the European Commission as a Success Story for its merits of successful dissemination across Europe. The PRIMAS dissemination guide has been selected for the SCIENTIX award. The PRIMAS work and network is being continued, currently mainly under the FP7 project MASCIL (Mathematics and science for life).

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Keywords

Science, inquiry-based learning, mathematics, science education, school education
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