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Adapting ibse material across Europe: experiences from the Pri-Sci-Net FP7 Project

Adapting ibse material across Europe: experiences from the Pri-Sci-Net FP7 Project
Adapting ibse material across Europe: experiences from the Pri-Sci-Net FP7 Project
This paper combines 4 presentations making up a symposium. Inquiry-based learning in science has been advocated by the European Commission at both primary and secondary level of education (Rocard et al, 2007) However, changes in science pedagogy across Europe has proved to be a challenge. In addition cultural and linguistic contexts of learning and education systems across Europe vary and make the transfer of educational resources and pedagogical approaches difficult. The Pri-Sci-Net project is an FP7 Coordination and Supporting Action funded by the European Commission which works to promote the Inquiry-Based approach in Science Education (IBSE) with young primary level children across Europe. One approach through which the project is trying to promote inquiry science is through producing educational material (in the form of 45 IBSE activities) which are to be translated in different European languages. Recognising European diversity, some of these activities were then tested for cultural and language adaptation in the partner countries. This paper provides the research results of an evaluation exercise carried out by some of the partners. The results provide insights into the barriers which students and teachers face in implementing the new inquiry-based approach. The evaluation exercise showed that while there were few cultural and linguistice differences, the main difficulties encountered related more to general education issues such as: teachers’ inexperience and lack of confidence in implementing the inquiry-based learning approach; the children’s expectations of how learning in science should be; the structured aspect of some curricula which allowed little space for inquiry activities; and teachers’ and students’ uneasiness in getting used to a new mode of learning. All these aspects highlight the need for time to allow systems, teachers and students to adapt to the inquiry-based learning approach. Curricular and pedagogical changes thus need to be introduced slowly such that adjustment takes place gradually. In addition, during this process, schools and teachers need to have continuous professional support
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Gatt, Suzanne, Byrne, Jenny and Rietdijk, Willeke et al. (2014) Adapting ibse material across Europe: experiences from the Pri-Sci-Net FP7 Project. Constantinou, Constantinos, Papdouris, Nicos and Hadjigergiou, Angela (eds.) In Science Education Research For Evidence-based Teaching and Coherence in Learning: Proceedings of the ESERA 2013 Conference. ESERA..

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This paper combines 4 presentations making up a symposium. Inquiry-based learning in science has been advocated by the European Commission at both primary and secondary level of education (Rocard et al, 2007) However, changes in science pedagogy across Europe has proved to be a challenge. In addition cultural and linguistic contexts of learning and education systems across Europe vary and make the transfer of educational resources and pedagogical approaches difficult. The Pri-Sci-Net project is an FP7 Coordination and Supporting Action funded by the European Commission which works to promote the Inquiry-Based approach in Science Education (IBSE) with young primary level children across Europe. One approach through which the project is trying to promote inquiry science is through producing educational material (in the form of 45 IBSE activities) which are to be translated in different European languages. Recognising European diversity, some of these activities were then tested for cultural and language adaptation in the partner countries. This paper provides the research results of an evaluation exercise carried out by some of the partners. The results provide insights into the barriers which students and teachers face in implementing the new inquiry-based approach. The evaluation exercise showed that while there were few cultural and linguistice differences, the main difficulties encountered related more to general education issues such as: teachers’ inexperience and lack of confidence in implementing the inquiry-based learning approach; the children’s expectations of how learning in science should be; the structured aspect of some curricula which allowed little space for inquiry activities; and teachers’ and students’ uneasiness in getting used to a new mode of learning. All these aspects highlight the need for time to allow systems, teachers and students to adapt to the inquiry-based learning approach. Curricular and pedagogical changes thus need to be introduced slowly such that adjustment takes place gradually. In addition, during this process, schools and teachers need to have continuous professional support

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Published date: 2014
Organisations: Mathematics, Science & Health Education

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Local EPrints ID: 364244
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/364244
PURE UUID: 31744f44-6d3e-4744-9b43-576375d8c791
ORCID for Jenny Byrne: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6969-5539

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Date deposited: 11 Apr 2014 08:16
Last modified: 25 Jul 2019 00:36

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Author: Suzanne Gatt
Author: Jenny Byrne ORCID iD
Author: Willeke Rietdijk
Author: Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
Author: Marianna Kalaitsidaki
Author: Dimitris Stavrou
Author: Nektarios Tsagliotis
Author: Ilaria Gaudiello
Author: Elisabetta Zibetti
Author: Annette Scheersoi
Author: Philipp Krämer
Author: Nicos Papadouris
Editor: Constantinos Constantinou
Editor: Nicos Papdouris
Editor: Angela Hadjigergiou

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