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-- Professional Reflection Oriented Focus on Inquiry based Learning and Education through Science (EU - FP7 Project)

PROFILES promotes IBSE through raising the self-efficacy of science teachers to take ownership of more effective ways of teaching students, supported by stakeholders. The proposal innovation is through working with ‘teacher partnerships’ to implement existing, exemplary context-led, IBSE focussed, science teaching materials enhanced by inspired, teacher relevant, training and intervention programmes. This is undertaken by reflection,interactions and seeking to meaningfully raise teacher skills in developing creative, scientific problem-solving and socio-scientific decision-making abilities in students. The measures of success are through (a) determining the self-efficacy of science teachers in developing selfsatisfying science teaching methods and (b) in the attitudes of students toward this more student-involved approach. Dissemination of approaches, reactions, and reflections form a further key project target, making much use of the internet and other formats useful for sharing science teacher profiles in an interactive forum.
PROFILES involves the development of teachers on four fronts (teacher as learner, teacher as effective teacher, teacher as reflective practitioner, teacher as leader) consolidating their ownership of society-led, IBSE approaches and incorporating use-inspired research, evaluative methods and stakeholder networking. The project disseminates its innovation withtrained lead teachers spearheading further teacher development at pre- and in-service levels and initiating a series of workshops for key stakeholders nationwide. The project focuses on ‘open inquiry approaches’ as a major teaching target and pays much attention to both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of students in the learning of science. The intended outcome is school science teaching becoming more meaningful, related to 21st century science and incorporating interdisciplinary socio-scientific issues and IBSE-related teaching, taking particular note of gender factors.

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PROFILES Prentation 1: Structure and Philosophy

PROFILES Prentation 2: Introduction to PROFILES

-- Popularity and Relevance of Science Education for Scientific Literacy (EU - FP6 Project)

To promote scientific literacy and to enhance popularity and relevance of science teaching and learning. The main objectives of PARSEL are to develop, test and disseminate pan-european science education modules for teaching in grade 7 upwards. These modules are being developed, according to a common model, by a consortium involving 8 Universities (from Estonia, Denmark, Germany(2), Greece, Israel, Portugal and Sweden) and the International Council of Associations for Science Education (UK). PARSEL modules are intended to promote scientific literacy and to enhance the popularity and the relevance of science teaching. Teachers are being asked to try out some of the modules in each of the countries and to report back to PARSEL team on their suitability for enhancing the popularity and relevance of science teaching.

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-- ESTABLISH (EU - FP7 Project)

The ESTABLISH consortium of over 60 partners from 11 European countries will work together on this four year project to encourage and promote the more widespread use of Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) in second level schools. Members of the consortium will be working with local teachers and students to develop and implement IBSE units and evaluation tools that are culturally adapted for each country. The rationale for ESTABLISH lies in creating authentic learning environments for science by bringing together and involving all relevant stakeholders, particularly the scientific industrial community, policy makers, parents, science education researchers and teachers to drive change in the classroom. Innovation in classroom practice will be achieved through the involvement of stakeholders for the development and provision of:
- Appropriate teaching and learning IBSE units (informed by scientific and industrial communities)
- Appropriate supports for both in-service and pre-service teachers to implement IBSE
The outcomes of ESTABLISH will be:
a large team of science teachers across Europe who are skilled and confident in inquiry based science teaching methodology;
identification of suitable model(s) of science teacher education, at both pre- and in-service levels, for inquiry based science teaching;
promotion of inquiry in the classroom, involving the relevant stakeholders in science and science education.

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