International Research and Dissemination Projects
European projects have initiated, strengthened and supported our work to develop and effectively disseminate innovative approaches in STEM education. Brief presentations and website links of the projects coordinated by ISCE can be found below. All materials, reports, resources and (scientific) publications can be accessed free of charge online (pls. visit the project websites).
MaSDiV (2017-2020) is a high-level research and evaluation project involving leading STEM education institutes from across Europe and 11 Ministries of Education. A course for STEM teachers to better equip them to promote science and mathematics literacy for all students (including disadvantaged students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds) together with the learning of fundamental values will be widely implemented and rigorousely evaluated in a multimethod research design. In this policy experimentation measure (funded within Erasmus+ Key Action 3) the aim is to scale-up successful measures across Europe.
IncluSMe (2016-2019) focusses on the initial education of teachers and pursues a highly innovative approach to link STEM education with intercultural learning so as to better prepare teachers for culturally diverse classrooms. The project will produce ready-to-use modules lecturers in teacher education degree programs can easily integrate into their lecture program. The project will also promote first-hand international experiences of future STEM teachers through summer schools.
STEM PD Net (2016-2019) is an Erasmus+ project to strengthen European collaboration and exchange among STEM Professional Development Centres in Europe. Core aims are to provide selections of STEM PD materials of the highest quality and professional development guidelines which are suitable for use across Europe, to reflect and promote the organizational development of the Centres in each national context, and to strengthen the voice of these Centres across Europe.
MASCIL (2013-2016) is a recently completed FP7 project which was funded as part of the Science with and for Society programme. In mascil, 18 partners from 13 countries collaborated to develop classroom and PD materials. A major mascil innovation is connecting IBL in school with the world of work and thus, to make science more meaningful for young European students and motivate their interest in careers in related fields. mascil has won a Scientix award for materials and reached approximately 75.000 persons (e.g., teachers through professional training courses). A multi-level dissemination plan involved policy, research, industry and practice and led to major successes: amongst others the establishment of the conference series Educating-the-Educators and the foundation of the first European Network of STEM Professional Development Centres.
PRIMAS (2010-2013) is officially completed, however, the work and impact of this successful project continues. In addition to its success story status and Scientix award for its dissemination guide, PRIMAS is being promoted as a best practice example in the Public Engagement Innovations catalogue. PRIMAS promotes inquiry-based learning approaches and has successfully implemented a multi-level and multi-stakeholder dissemination plan. During project lifetime, PRIMAS reached over 7000 teachers in training activities.
INSTEM is an LLP network (2012-2015) that grew out of the informal Network of Project Coordinators (ProCoNet). It is an initiative to promote innovation in STEM education, provides networking opportunities and synthesizes innovation in the field. Some of the project’s conclusions were taken up in the European Commission’s 2015 Science Education Report.
COMPASS is an LLP project completed in 2011 which focused on the development of teaching materials combining STEM disciplines in an interdisciplinary way. Authentic real life problems engage students in inquiry combining different STEM subjects and show young people the relevance of the school subjects. Due to its distinguished impact, in 2016 COMPASS has been selected as a success story by European experts. We are proud that our innovative results and creative approaches are a source of inspiration for others. The project’s resources are available on the project’s website in multiple languages and can be obtained as a DVD or on USB.
LEMA is an LLP project completed in 2009 which developed professional development materials for mathematical modelling. The materials offer insight into what modelling is and offer guidance on how to select appropriate modelling tasks and teaching pedagogies, and on how to assess modelling activities. Its resources are available on the project’s website.