S-TEAM: FIRING UP SCIENCE EDUCATION
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S-TEAM: FIRING UP SCIENCE EDUCATION

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S-TEAM is helping to improve science teaching and learning in schools across Europe and beyond, by helping teachers and pupils to use inquiry-based methods. These methods can increase motivation, curiosity and achievement in science.

About S-TEAM

Peter Gray of S-TEAM

S-TEAM is a Seventh Framework Programme Science-in-Society project, funded by the EU,  which aims to disseminate inquiry-based science teaching methods (IBST) to the widest possible range of teachers and teacher educators across Europe and associated countries.

NEW PISCES WORKSHOP

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Images from recent scientific inquiry workshop with primary school pupils. The sessions in scientific inquiry were conducted by trainee science teachers in Scotland working on the PISCES project.

WHAT IS INQUIRY BASED SCIENCE TEACHING?

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A project involving countries from all over Europe faces the challenge of developing a common terminology and a common understanding of its basic ideas. Although the roots of IBST (inquiry-based science teaching) as the main approach to improving science teaching and learning in S-TEAM lead back to the early 20th century (Minner. Levy & Century, 2009), the seminars showed that no common definition currently exists at a European level. In many of the participating countries appropriate translations of the term in the national language were not found.
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CHANGING THE WAY SCIENCE IS TAUGHT

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S-TEAM has been created to change the way science is taught in schools across Europe and beyond. Its task is to make it easier for teachers to use inquiry-based or 'investigative' methods when teaching science. These methods should increase student motivation and engagement with science. In turn, this means more scientifically-literate citizens, and more students taking up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.S-TEAM does not claim to offer an instant cure for the problems of student engagement with science.
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