One objective of mascil is to actively inform teachers and other target groups (e.g. school heads, teacher educators, professional development centres, public authorities) about the activities of mascil, about IBL and its aims, about connections between school (IBL in maths and science education) and the world of work and what different target groups can do to support the uptake of these innovative ways of teaching. One of the further aims is to encourage teachers to participate in the professional development activities, one of the core lines of work in the project.

To this end and also to spread information on the project beyond partner countries, dissemination activities are carried out targeted to a) teachers, b) to others close to schools, such as heads of schools, parents, students, teacher educators etc. and c) to science and mathematics educators.

Until now (February 2017) more than 420 dissemination events took place in all partner countries, including invited talks to teacher conferences, workshops for teachers and parents, round table discussions, entries in teacher and university magazines, and information days for students and parents.

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2016                              

December 2016: Dissemination at International Symposium Visible Didactics (Germany)

December 2016: An advertisement of Mascil project with picture reference to its resources appeared as a back cover of Mathematica journal (6 issues in 2016) (Bulgaria)

December 2016: An Interview with P. Kenderov on Inquiry based education (Bulgaria)

December 2016: Climbing the stairs: implementing the IBL from students? explorations to teachers? motivation. (Bulgaria)

December 2016: Dynamic support of multipliers? personalization (without forgetting the national specifics) (Bulgaria)

December 2016: Inquiry-based science teaching and learning (Lithuania)

December 2016: Talk: On inquiry based approaches in education (Bulgaria)

November 2016: Three days workshop of Inquiry-based teaching and learning in research (Lithuania)

November 2016: FORTH’s experiences in European Projects for Science Education ‘What is there for me?’ (Greece)

November 2016: Developing high quality lesson study in the UK: lessons from the past and shaping the future (UK)

November 2016: Workshop at EtE-II conference: Promoting 21st century skills with mathematical problem solving challenges for teams (Netherlands)

November 2016: The multiplier concept in Norway (ETEII) (Norway)

November 2016: Bicycle insurance (Austria)

November 2016: Chocolate machine bar scheduling: Dunking into IBT and WoW (Austria)

November 2016: A Talk on: Studying mathematics with dynamic constructions (Bulgaria)

November 2016: Research-practice interactive session at ETEII (Norway)

November 2016: Impact of multiplier concept on teachers? professional knowledge (ETEII) (Norway)

November 2016: Taking advantages of diverse learners: Jointly facing the challenges towards improving STEM education in Europe (Austria)

November 2016: An analysis of teachers’ questioning as mediating artefacts in a professional development course with the mascil project (Austria)

November 2016: Communication at the Second Conference "Educating the Educators" (Spain)

November 2016: Poster presented within the market place session at Educating the Educators II conference (Spain)

November 2016: 14th International Students Conference about Project Instruction in Chemistry and Related Subject (Czech Republic)

November 2016: Bicycle insurance (Austria)

November 2016: 5th World Conference on Science and Technology, which was organised by ICASE (International Council of Associations for Science Education). (Turkey)

October 2016: Conference Wissenschaftsorientiertes Lernen im Sachunterricht (Austria)

October 2016: BigPicnic Adivisory Group meeting (Austria)

October 2016: Presentation for The National Parents Committee for Primary and Secondary Education (Norway)

October 2016: Annual meeting of biology education research professors (Austria)

October 2016: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving (UK)

October 2016: Inquiry-based science teaching and learning (Lithuania)

October 2016: Market of Chemistry Teachers Ideas (Czech Republic)

October 2016: Mathe für alle Workshop „Leistungsbewertung von offenen Aufgaben“ (Germany)

October 2016: Mathe für alle Workshop „Leistungsbewertung von offenen Aufgaben" (Germany)

September 2016: Researcher night (Greece)

September 2016: IMST Conference (Austria)

September 2016: EU STEM coalision meeting (Greece)

September 2016: Conference ICL/IGIP - session presentation (Czech Republic)

September 2016: Professional development: good practice (UK)

September 2016: Conference ECRICE - keynote presentation, discussion (Czech Republic)

September 2016: Models for professional learning (UK)

September 2016: Contribution of European projects to the improvement of Science Education (XXVII EDCE conference) (Spain)

September 2016: Developing Professional Learning Networks for Mathematics Teachers in the UK (UK)

September 2016: Inquiry-based teaching and learning in research (Lithuania)

September 2016: STEM Teacher Conference (STEM teacher conference: STEM for life) STEM & Makers Fest/Expo (Turkey)

September 2016: Talk: Mathematics for life (Bulgaria)

August 2016: Workshops at the FI-Summerschool (Netherlands)

August 2016: Using the Theme of the Month contest for implementing the IBL at different levels. (Bulgaria)

July 2016: Presentation at ICME13 conference: (re)design guidelines to enrich classroom tasks (Netherlands)

July 2016: Invited talk for ICME 13: There is no such problem! (MASCIL project mentioned explicitly) (Bulgaria)

July 2016: Dissemination at ICME-13 Conference (Germany)

July 2016: Join-in workshop on the last day of the ‘Mathematics workshop for refugee youth’ during the summer term 2016 (Germany)

July 2016: Summer School for Education researchers (Austria)

July 2016: The mascil project (UK)

July 2016: Enabling students to think and solve problems (UK)

June 2016: Conference DidSci - session presentation (Czech Republic)

June 2016: mascil PD workshop (Turkey)

June 2016: Mathematics for life (Bulgaria)

June 2016: Kickoff meeting Eu bigPicnic (Austria)

June 2016: Outdoor activities for children in Hradec Kralove city? Let’s Use Head on the Play? (Czech Republic)

June 2016: Two talks: A lesson about proportions; Planning for applying of ICT in Education (Bulgaria)

June 2016: Conference ScienEdu - section contribution (Czech Republic)

May 2016: Sending the mail with information about final conference to 345 people from the University of Education in Freiburg (Germany)

May 2016: National STEM Research Conference (UK)

May 2016: Inquiry-based approaches to science and mathematics education: the role of mascil in supporting professional development (STEM conferece) (Spain)

May 2016: Meeting Dialog Umweltbildung (Austria)

May 2016: Young Science Network Meeting (Austria)

May 2016: Presentation of the ‘Mathematics workshop for refugee youth’ and mascil PD course (Germany)

May 2016: Conference DIVAI - forum discussion (Czech Republic)

April 2016: Mathematics programme for children at the science fair ‘Forschertage’ (Germany)

April 2016: PIIISA project: students research conference (Spain)

April 2016: IV Science Fair in the Street (Spain)

April 2016: TEMI Conference (Austria)

April 2016: STEM education http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/dunya-ile-rekabet-icin-stem-sart-40087941 (Turkey)

April 2016: Mascil at the Freudenthal Institute (Netherlands)

April 2016: Integrating digital and classical means in education (Bulgaria)

April 2016: Designing lessons for mathematical problem-solving: researcher and teacher collaborative inquiry. (UK)

April 2016: Österreichische Gesellschaft für Fachdidaktik (Austria)

April 2016: Inquiry-based science teaching and learning (Lithuania)

April 2016: Education in mathematics and ICT in relation with the world of work -- the last year of the Mascil project (Bulgaria)

April 2016: 7th Renaciencia Science Fair (Spain)

March 2016: Learning and Teaching materials and teaching strategies for connecting STEM education with society and world of work. (Greece)

March 2016: The European mascil Project (Austria)

March 2016: Lecture Prof. M. Schermer (Agro-Sociologist) (Germany)

March 2016: Berglandwirtschaft 2016 (Austria)

February 2016: IBL workshop with Primary and lower Secondary school students and teachers (Spain)

February 2016: Dynamic Mathematics in Education Conference (Bulgaria)

January 2016: Science Centre Network Aniversery (Austria)

January 2016: FORTH’s experiences in European Projects for Science Education? What is there for me? (Greece)

January 2016: Presentation of the ‘Mathematics workshops for refugees’ (Germany)

January 2016: XVI High-School Student Conference in mathematics and informatics (Bulgaria)

 

2015

December 2015: Presentation at the reseachers' colloquium (Germany)

December 2015: Kick-off conference of network for education counseling agencies (Germany)

December 2015: Presentation of key outcomes of mascil policy workshop (Greece)

December 2015: Mediterranean Sea Connects Us: Progress in Education with Local Communities (Greece)

December 2015: Presenting a research paper on Mascil at the Panhellenic conference of Researchers of Mathematics Education (Cyprus)

December 2015: Poster session at the National Seminar on Inquiry Based Learning (Austria)

December 2015: 6th Conference of the Greek Association of Researchers of Mathematics Education (GARME), Oral presentation to a scientific event (Greece)

November 2015: ASE Question Time: Teaching using inquiry (UK)

November 2015: Smartphones in physics and mathematics classroom? Why not!! (Germany)

November 2015: Invited lecture at the TUDEK scientific conference for upper secondary students (Romania)

November 2015: Mathematical Inquiry and Core Maths, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

November 2015: Invited lecture at the "Long weekend of highschool students at BBU" (Romania)

November 2015: Dissemination at EMINENT Conference (Germany)

November 2015: Betasteunpunt newsletter, Media briefings (Netherlands)

November 2015: Newsletter for mathematics teachers (Netherlands)

November 2015: Newsletter for physics teachers (Netherlands)

November 2015: Media alert for mathematics teacher educators (Netherlands)

November 2015: Smartphones in physics and mathematics classroom? Why not!!, Exhibitions (Germany)

November 2015: mascil teacher profesional development course, Organisation of Workshops (Turkey)

November 2015: Workshop at the anual mathematics teacher conference (Netherlands)

November 2015: Mathematical modelling and the world of work, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

November 2015: The planned professional development courses were presented in the Fortbildungsprogramm of the Pedagogical College Vienna (Austria)

October 2015: 13th International Students Conference about Project Instruction in Chemistry and Related Subject, Organisation of Conference (Czech Republic)

October 2015: Network meeting of EU experts of the Universities of Education in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

October 2015: A talk "Inquiry Based Mathematics Education" delivered at the International Conference "The textbook in the context of the social expectations and needs" (Bulgaria)

October 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

October 2015: Inquiry learning in mathematics education, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

October 2015: 4th Conference of the Teachers of Informatics "Informatics in Schools - Good practices" (Greece)

October 2015: National conference: Inquiry and discovery: IBL through exploration and creativity in the teaching of science (Greece)

October 2015: 4th Market of Chemistry Teachers Ideas (Czech Republic)

October 2015: Professional Development teacher day for mathematics "Mathe für alle" (Germany)

September 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

September 2015: IMST Fachdidaktiktag - Biologie und Umweltkunde (Austria)

September 2015: IMST Fachdidaktiktag - Mathematik (Austria)

September 2015: IMST Tagung (Austria)

September 2015: International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning and Annual Conference of IGIP 2015 - World Engineering Education Forum (Czech Republic)

September 2015: OEGFD Symposium (Austria)

September 2015: Inquiry and maths in the workplace, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

September 2015: Conference of German Biology Education Research Group (VBio) (Austria)

September 2015: Invited talk "Development of Digital Competence through Education in Mathematics" presented at the First National Teachers' Forum (Sofia, 10-11.09.2015). (Bulgaria)

September 2015: European Conference of Education Research (ECER), Oral presentation to a scientific event (Austria)

September 2015: STEM Teacher Conference and STEM & Makers Fest/Expo (Turkey)

September 2015: Smartphones in class?! Please turn it on!, Exhibitions (Germany)

September 2015: ESERA conference: Participation in mascil symposia (Norway)

September 2015: Dissemination of MaScil through a symposium at the ESERA 2015 Conference (Spain)

August 2015: ESERA Helsinik, Oral presentation to a scientific event (Austria)

August 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

August 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

July 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

July 2015: Presenting a research paper on Mascil at the International Conference ICTMA 17 (Cyprus)

July 2015: Final conference on Sails project in Germany (Germany)

July 2015: Inquiry learning and mathematics in the workplace, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

July 2015: National conference: Connecting school and scientific research, National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) Demokritos (Greece)

July 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

July 2015: Presentation of the three-stage PD model (Austria)

July 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

June 2015: Workshop within the PD course "Explota la Ciencia" (Spain)

June 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

June 2015: The planned professional development courses were presented in the Fortbildungsprogramm of the Pedagogical College Tyrol (Austria)

June 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Organisation of Workshops (UK)

June 2015: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving, Organisation of Workshops (UK)

June 2015: The planned professional development courses were presented in the Fortbildungsprogramm of the Pedagogical College Upper Austria (Austria)

June 2015: Presenting Mascil at a national conference on IBL in Cyprus, organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture (Cyprus)

June 2015: Presentation of Mascil project at the 7th Scientix Projects' Networking Event (Bulgaria)

June 2015: 3rd Instem Conference (Germany)

June 2015: Mini-conference "Inquiry-Based Approach in Higher Education in Mathematics and Informatics", held in the frame of the Sixth International Conference of the South-West University, Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences (Bulgaria)

June 2015: Workshop "Neither Mathematical Talent Wasted" (Czech Republic)

June 2015: Inquiry in science education, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

May 2015: A talk "Achievements and Problems in the In-service Teacher education in Inquiry Based Style" delivered at the conference and published in the Proceedings of the 8th National conference "Education and Research in the Information Society", Plovdiv, 28-29 May 2015 (Bulgaria)

May 2015: 5-day science teacher workshop, which was organized by Turkish Academy of Science and Ministry of Education, Organisation of Workshops (Turkey)

May 2015: Channel 1 of the Bulgarian National Television reports (for 2:51 minutes) on "The young scientists of Bulgaria and the secret of their success"; The focus is on the role of High School Students' Institute in mathematics and informatics for the preparation of gifted high school students for participation at international science forums and fairs such as EUCYS and Intel ISEF. (Bulgaria)

May 2015: About mascil, IBL and WoW, Oral presentation to a wider public (Lithuania)

May 2015: Meeting with Mrs. Orth-Dobler (representative of the Regional Council in Freiburg) (Germany)

May 2015: Presentation of outcomes of national policy analysis in relation to inquiry based learning (IBL) in world of work (WoW) context (Greece)

May 2015: Inquiry learning in mathematics education, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

May 2015: Smartphones in the classroom? Pupils show what is feasible., Oral presentation to a wider public (Germany)

May 2015: 2nd meeting of the professional development centres (Germany)

May 2015: Meeting at the Ministry of Education in Vilnius (Germany)

May 2015: Inquiry based learning, Organisation of Workshops (Lithuania)

May 2015: 14th Interamerican Conference on Mathematics Education (Germany)

April 2015: IOSTE Eurasia Regional Symposium 2015 & Brokerage Event Horizon 2020 (Turkey)

April 2015: Mathematics programme for children at the science fair "Forschertage" (Germany)

April 2015: One-day workshop "The mathematics teacher as designer of materials and learning environments" (Greece)

April 2015: Riverbank of Universities in Hradec Kralove city, Exhibitions (Czech Republic)

April 2015: Pupils inform each other about professions., Organisation of Workshops (Germany)

April 2015: Presentation of the mascil project and its activities Information session for teachers and educators (Germany)

April 2015: A talk "Kids and Teachers in the Role of Researchers - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" delivered at the Forum "Harmony with children - Creators of human pedagogy" (Bulgaria)

April 2015: A talk "Inquiry with dynamic constructions" at the Forum "Harmony with children - Creators of human pedagogy" (Bulgaria)

April 2015: The planned professional development courses were presented in the Fortbildungsprogramm of the Pedagogical College Vienna (Austria)

April 2015: Meeting with the Directors of Elementary and Technical and Professional Education (Cyprus)

April 2015: Dissemination of MaScil through a Scientix Event (Spain)

April 2015: Inquiry learning in mathematics education, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

April 2015: III Science Fair in the Street (Spain)

April 2015: mascil workshop at the U-Talent conference (Netherlands)

April 2015: 6th Renaciencia Science Fair (Spain)

April 2015: Inquiry learning in mathematics education, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

April 2015: Discussion and promotion of the MASCIL ideas at the Science Education Research Conference (Austria)

April 2015: A talk "Communities in the frames of the European projects MaSciL and Scientix" delivered at the 44-th Annual Spring Conference of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians, Complex Kamchia (Bulgaria)

April 2015: Inquiry learning in mathematics education, Oral presentation to a scientific event (UK)

March 2015: Mascil in Lithuania, Oral presentation to a wider public (Lithuania)

March 2015: Introduction of IBL and WoW (Lithuania)

March 2015: Discussion of the MASCIL ideas at the Network Meeting of the Science Center Austria (Austria)

March 2015: The Mascil Project was introduced as another EU funded project aiming for improving Science Education in Europe in small group discussion with teachers and policy makers. (Austria)

March 2015: Discussion of cooperation activities in MASCIL (Austria)

March 2015: Discussion of the MASCIL ideas at Grenoble (Austria)

February 2015: Preparation and discussion of a cooperation with the PH Vienna (Austria)

February 2015: Preparation and discussion of a cooperation with the PH NOOE (Austria)

January 2015: National policy workshop, Organisation of Workshops (Lithuania)

 

2014

December 2014: Presentation of the project objectives at a AECC meetings (Austria)

October 2014: Chemistry and Related Sciences Didactics Conference of Ph.D. students (Czech Republic)

September 2014: Presentation of the project objectives at the Network Meeting of the Science Center Austria (Austria)

September 2014: Presentation of the project objectives at the Sis Catalyst Conference Vienna (Austria)

July 2014: The planned professional development courses were presented in the Fortbildungsprogramm of the Pedagogical College Vorarlberg (Austria)

July 2014: The planned professional development courses were presented in the Fortbildungsprogramm of the Pedagogical College Tyrol (Austria)

July 2014: The planned professional development courses were presented in the Fortbildungsprogramm of the Pedagogical College OOE. (Austria)

June 2014: Invited talk and workshop during a Cyprus Mathematical Society Conference on Mobile Devices (Cyprus)

June 2014: Math&Science Day (Romania)

June 2014: Dissemination to science teachers in schools (UK)

June 2014: Mascil section in X International Informatics Symposium and Open Conference on ICT projects at Schools (Lithuania)

June 2014: Mascil, IBL an Wow, Organisation of Workshops (Lithuania)

May 2014: An der School of Education treffen sich Bildungsinstitutionen aus 13 Ländern Europas (Austria)

May 2014: "The inquiry-based mathematics education", a plenary talk at the International Scientific-practical Conference "Education and Integration" (A Transition from Declarative to Procedural Education), (Bulgaria)

May 2014: Mascil, IBL an Wow, Organisation of Workshops (Lithuania)

May 2014: SoE Newsletter 01-2014 (Austria)

May 2014: Workshop for multipliers and a core group of teachers (Greece)

May 2014: Discussion contribution during a meeting of the AECCs (Austria)

May 2014: Workshop during ECENT conference for science teacher trainers, researchers and policy (Netherlands)

May 2014: audience overview of the international website www.mascil-project.eu put together by google analytics (Germany)

May 2014: Promotion of the midterm conference, Web sites/Applications (Austria)

May 2014: "Virtual Mathematics Laboratory in support of IBME", seminar for general public organized in the town of Ruse by the local branch of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians and the Regional centre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

May 2014: Meeting of the East Midlands branch of Association of Tutors in Science Education (ATSE) (UK)

May 2014: "The Bulgarian Education has to stimulate the critical thinking", 0n Interview of Kalin Parvanov with Petar Kenderov (Bulgaria)

April 2014: 14th International Science Symposium "Technical Creativity in School Curricula with the form of project learning "From Idea to the Product" - from the Kindergarten to the Technical Faculty" (Czech Republic)

April 2014: BCME 8 Plenary address, Organisation of Conference (UK)

April 2014: Pre-service science and math teachers, Organisation of Workshops (Netherlands)

April 2014: Computer languages and systems for education, within a one-year professional development cycle of in-service teachers' training, Organisation of Workshops (Bulgaria)

April 2014: A poster stand during the MNU-Bundeskongress 2014 (Germany)

April 2014: Kenderov talks about the weakness of the Bulgarian Educational system as diagnosed by PISA and points out the importance of the dissemination of IBMSE at a larger scale. He mentions explicitly Mascil and the first results of its implementation in Bulgaria (Bulgaria)

April 2014: Two-day Mascil workshop conducted in the frames of the 43d Annual Conference of the Union of the Bulgarian Mathematicians, (Bulgaria)

April 2014: Information about the EU mascil project, Organisation of Workshops (Norway)

April 2014: Development and piloting of Mascil materials. (UK)

April 2014: Lesson Study for problem solving (UK)

March 2014: Pre-service math teachers, Organisation of Workshops (Netherlands)

March 2014: Invited lecture "Professional Development of Mathematics Teachers for Implementing the Inquiry Based Learning" (Bulgaria)

March 2014: The Bulgarian educational system and the changes needed to improve its performance, Interviews (Bulgaria)

March 2014: Discussion contribution during the international conference New Perspectives in Science Education (Austria)

March 2014: Presentation oriented towards mathematics education in 2020 (Netherlands)

March 2014: Inquiry based learning in the classroom: Tasks and questions that encourage reflection and reasoning, Organisation of Workshops (Norway)

March 2014: Workshop within the PD course "Beyond mathematical concepts and routines: building meaningful mathematics through inquiry and problem-solving" (Spain)

March 2014: Workshop within the professional development course 'Towards more meaningful mathematics and science in Primary school' (Spain)

March 2014: JCU workshop for fostering talented students (Netherlands)

March 2014: Presentation of Mascil in the 5th conference of the Greek Association for Research in Mathematics Education (Greece)

March 2014: Explorations in Virtual Mathematics Laboratory, lecture at the International Conference "Educational Policies in 21st century" (Bulgaria)

March 2014: International contest of Hungarian highschools from Europe (Romania)

March 2014: Presentation in the INTED 2014 conference: 'Building on teachers' beliefs to support inquiry pedagogies. Looking for synergies between two European projects'. (Spain)

March 2014: Electronic monthly IBL newsletter (Netherlands)

February 2014: A panel on PISA 2012 results (Turkey)

February 2014: A three-day seminar devoted to IBME with experts in mathematics education from all Regional Educational Inspectorates in Bulgaria (Bulgaria)

February 2014: Resources in the Bulgarian Site of MASCIL Project (Bulgaria)

February 2014: Conference with international participation, "Dynamic Mathematics in Education", covered by the information Bulletin of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, issue 3, 2014, p. 19. (Bulgaria)

February 2014: Presentation at the 16th Cyprus Mathematical Society Annual Meeting: MaSciL Project presentation (Cyprus)

January 2014: NWD workshop for secondary mathematics teachers (Netherlands)

January 2014: Workshop "Inquiry based learning in mathematics in Primary (Spain)

January 2014: Interview with Petar Kenderov " The School - this is the teacher" - by Svetla Strumina (Bulgaria)

January 2014: The European project Mascil and the conceptual design of the "Virtual Mathematics Laboratory", developed at IMI-BAS, Oral presentation to a wider public (Bulgaria)

January 2014: Meeting with by the Mayor of Stara Zagora (Bulgaria)

January 2014: A mathematical performance: Inquiry based and entertaining approaches in the education in mathematics and Information Technologies (Bulgaria)

January 2014: Conference of the High School Students Institute of Mathematics and Informatics-HSSI (where secondary school students are presenting their findings while working on an open ended problem (the so called 4-th level of Inquiry)) (Bulgaria)

January 2014: Presentations at the Limassol/Paphos regional meetings for Biology, and Chemistry teachers (Cyprus)

January 2014: Innovative Projects in Science Education: Reflections and Proposals for Exploiting them in the Teaching Practice (Greece)

 

2013

December 2013: Primas final conference (Romania)

December 2013: The Mascil Project - goals, ideas, implementation, Oral presentation to a scientific event (Bulgaria)

December 2013: Mathematics and science education in inquiry style or IBMSE for all who want it, Organisation of Conference (Bulgaria)

December 2013: Innovative Projects in Science Education: Reflections and Proposals for Exploiting them in the Teaching Practice, Organisation of Workshops (Greece)

November 2013: Mathematics and the profession "Designer" - realizations within MASCIL Project, Organisation of Workshops (Bulgaria)

November 2013: Exhibition (Poster and exemplary task) (Austria)

November 2013: Improving Problem Solving in Mathematics through Inquiry-Based Learning, Organisation of Conference (UK)

November 2013: Presentation of Mascil to the annual conference of the Greek Mathematical Society (Greece)

October 2013: IOSTE Eurasia Regional Symposium (Turkey)

October 2013: The role of the European projects LEMATH and MASCIL for improving mathematics education in the Bulgarian schools (Bulgaria)

October 2013: Maths, Science & Drama training, Organisation of Workshops (Romania)

October 2013: NAB meeting for MASCIL and INSTEM (Inquiry for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education) project national workshop have been held together at Hacettepe University on October 22, 2013 (Turkey)

October 2013: "Supporting mathematical Talents through IBL activities" - training for teachers (Romania)

October 2013: Meeting with the Chairperson of the Educational Committee, the Director of the Pedagogical Institute, and the Chairperson of the Open University of Cyprus (Cyprus)

October 2013: Invited talk to teachers and parents association at 28th Elementary School in Limassol (Cyprus)

October 2013: Transylvania Talent Support Council's PD program (Romania)

September 2013: A poster stand during the Meeting of the responsible teachers for PD of every school (Germany)

September 2013: Math+Fun+Art, performance at the international event "Researchers' Night" (Bulgaria)

September 2013: Staff presentation, Oral presentation to a scientific event (Netherlands)

September 2013: EU-Projekt MASCIL, Posters (Austria)

September 2013: Presentation in Conference of the Lithuanian Computer Society (Lithuania)

September 2013: Presentations at the Nicosia regional meetings for Biology, Mathematics, and Chemistry teachers (Cyprus)

September 2013: IBL training for Mathematics teachers involved in preparation of talented students (Romania)

August 2013: A seminar and round-table discussion with teachers (multipliers-to-be) (Bulgaria)

August 2013: LAMIS summer course (Norway)

July 2013: Dissemination to mathematics education scientific community at PME (UK)

July 2013: SoE Newsletter 02-2013 (Austria)

July 2013: Scientific presentation to mathematics education researchers (UK)

July 2013: Bolyai Summer Academy (Romania)

July 2013: East Midlands Mathematics CPD Network Meeting (UK)

June 2013: Dissemination of Mascil to PRIMAS multipliers (UK)

June 2013: The Project MASCIL presented, Oral presentation to a wider public (Bulgaria)

May 2013: The 8th Conference on History and Teaching Mathematics (Romania)

April 2013: Mathematics performance with figures and solids (Bulgaria)

April 2013: Working group meeting (DiNGIM) (Austria)

April 2013: FYR-meeting for subject coordinators (Norway)

April 2013: The European Project MASCIL - Mathematics and Science for Life, Oral presentation to a scientific event (Bulgaria)

April 2013: The mathematics performance - a social game or educational technology, a talk at the conference of UBM (Bulgaria)

March 2013: The Project MASCIL, Organisation of Workshops (Bulgaria)

March 2013: A course on computer languages and systems for education (Bulgaria)

October 2012: "Market" of Chemistry Teachers Ideas, Organisation of Workshops (Czech Republic)

June 2012: Dissemination to science teachers in schools (UK)

Important Milestone: mascil conference on "Educating the Educators - international approaches to scaling-up professional development in maths and science education"

 

******** Update: Proceedings of the conference now available: Conference Proceedings ********

Teacher Professional Development: Europe-wide perspective on current needs and trends

Conference hosts were strongly committed to connecting researchers and practitioners engaged in the field of maths and science education in order to discuss concepts of scaling-up teacher professional development. Teachers are the key factor in ensuring the achievement of creative and sustainable learning outcomes in mathematics and science education, in fostering young peoples’ competences and enabling them to become critically thinking, responsible and active citizens. Therefore, teacher professional development is of great relevance and always an essential key to effecting change in education, regardless of the national educational system. Teacher professional development and research in this area is a growing field throughout Europe. The difficulty consists in the fact that there is little knowledge about how to scale-up professional development successfully – and sustainably.

The conference was thus organised to give an opportunity for leveraging international exchange about concepts and experiences concerning such questions as: What are the features of successful concepts of professional development for teachers? What are the needs and experiences of the different target groups? Which pitfalls have to be avoided? Key to scaling-up concepts is the education, professional development and support of multipliers – and this factor was core to the conference.

Specifically, four tracks were offered that highlighted major aspects that need to be addressed when ‘educating the educators’: (1) Approaches to scale-up with multipliers in face-to-face professional development courses from a research, as well as from a practice-oriented, perspective; (2) Challenges to, and opportunities for encouraging professional development through professional learning communities. In such communities, one teacher acts as the facilitator, but even so, learning in a professional development group is considered to require much more self-organisation than PD courses that are prepared and given by a multiplier; (3) Opportunities and limitations of teacher professional development with the help of blended learning concepts and e-learning support and (4) Scaling-up through appropriately designed materials that support teachers' professional development and ways to disseminate materials.

Bringing together a unique circle of participants: researchers, practitioners and policy makers

Addressing the conference issue by means of these four tracks allowed a broad perspective on relevant approaches of educating the educators for research, as well as for practice. A dynamic and increasing field of research on professional development of teachers and teacher educators is arising. Scaling-up teacher professional development in maths and science and, thus achieving improvement of education, is receiving increased public attention, policy support and we also see a beginning institutionalisation across Europe.

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The tracks allowed discussions and insights into the concepts, approaches and programmes currently being developed and applied across Europe. Having over 170 participants with varying professional backgrounds and coming from more than 20 nations added to diverse perspectives given in discussions and contributions. Among the presenters and conference participants were multipliers, teacher educators and multipliers, researchers, policy makers, relevant networks and representatives of national ministries. A high-level policy maker introduced core topical issues in the conference welcome address: Sylvia Löhrmann is the Minister of Schools and Further Education of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and in 2014 served as president of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the States (KMK). Her attendance emphasised the importance and timeliness of our chosen topic. Highly regarded keynote and track plenary speakers presented state-of-the-art research and practice with regard to scaling-up teacher professional development. Konrad Krainer from the Alpen‐Adria‐University Klagenfurt, for example, discussed in his keynote chances and challenges of scaling-up professional development. Justin Dillon from the University of Bristol made a contribution focusing on the role of informal science institutions in teacher education. Student participation in out-of-school activities offered by such institutions is one key factor in increasing student interest in the sciences and educating teachers how to design and include high-quality informal learning activities is therefore an important field of action. A third keynote by Peter Birch from Eurydice at the European Commission presented policies and practices for continuous professional development in European countries and gave first hand insights into current findings of an international study on professional training for teachers.

Innovation: Establishment of a future-oriented, European network of teacher training centres

Through the attendance of teacher professional development centres and institutions in maths and science education, the conference organisers brought together a further group of actors who are of increasing importance in the European arena. The relevance of this group for issues relating to teacher professional development becomes apparent through an increasing number of these specialised centres which have been set up across Europe in recent years. Mascil and the DZLM responded to these current developments and needs by offering a special pre-conference for presidents and heads of these professional development centres and institutions. Particularly important to the field, and also a particular success of the conference, is that this was the first European meeting of these teacher professional development centres in maths and science education across Europe. More than a dozen such institutions were represented at the first meeting.

The main aim of the pre-conference was therefore to provide a platform for the mutual exchange of ideas and experiences. The centres all have similar aims and agendas, namely: investing in teacher professional development to substantially improve maths and science education as it happens day-to-day in schools. The meeting enabled an exchange about the challenges and opportunities such institutions face. The circle of participants discussed critical aspects that need to be considered when cooperating with the educational administrations, appropriate strategies for doing so and how the various centres might benefit from an exchange on the similar scope and focus of their work in the different countries. A further major issue that was discussed centred on different approaches for promoting professional development of teachers and making these activities sustainable.

One of the most significant developments of the pre-conference was: those attending strongly urged the conference organisers to provide an opportunity for a second European meeting of the professional development centres. Mascil is therefore pleased to announce that a second meeting of the centres is in the works. It will take place 6-7 May 2015, in connection with the mascil project meeting in Lithuania. Due to the high topicality of the discussed issues in the pre-conference, many participants have confirmed that they will take part in the meeting. As we aim to enlarge the circle of participants, we have been inviting professional development centres from all over Europe to participate in the second European professional development centres network meeting and look forward to insightful discussions and exchanges during the meeting. European Schoolnet has also accepted our invitation to present the SCIENTIX teacher support platform to the meeting participants.

In the long run, it would be desirable and advantageous to hold such meetings on a regular basis. Indeed, the dates for a third meeting of professional development centres have already been fixed (2-3 December 2015 in Sofia) and we see this as an encouraging development with respect to forging stronger links and networks between these important actors in teacher professional development in maths and science education.

Mascil and DZLM - combining research and practice

mascil – a research, development and dissemination project that involves 18 European research teams – hosted the conference together with the German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education (DZLM). This collaboration of two important entities from the fields of research and practice proved highly successful. mascil is coordinated at the University of Education Freiburg, Germany. The institution has been coordinating international projects fostering innovation in maths and science education for over a decade. This made it possible for the conference to revert to an international network of currently almost 1000 stakeholders in ‘scaling-up professional development in maths and science education’ across Europe. The DZLM has a leading role in the field of maths teacher professional development in Germany, and therefore represents particularly the practice side.

This co-organisation and co-responsibility were foundational to the success of the conference. The conference proved that collaboration between research and practice is not only fruitful - but indeed essential, so as to take innovation in maths and science education forward in a coherent and effective manner. Projects like mascil, the research teams and universities behind these and the international community of researchers in maths and science education bring in the research perspective: concepts, approaches, materials and the research-based development, evaluation and improvement of these. Organisations such as the DZLM, other teacher professional development Centres from Europe, as well as further actors (multipliers, teacher trainers, etc.) also bring in the practice perspective: the needs, affordances, the experiences and feedback to research including calls for where more research is needed. Providing a platform for exchange between researchers and practitioners and achieving impact became possible only through such collaboration at the organisational level. In fact, this need for continuing to support an exchange between research and practice was one of the core conclusions reached by conference participants.

Lessons learnt from a successful conference

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The conference was highly topical, meaning that the platform provided by the organisers served to foster discussion and exchange about approaches and challenges to improving the education of educators in maths and sciences – and thus, improve education in these subjects and schools. A final panel and plenary discussion brought key insights from the different tracks together, looked to the future and defined core strategies that are needed for a ‘scaled-up’ teacher professional development.

As just mentioned, one of the core messages from the conference is that further and more strongly linking of research and practice is indispensable to moving forward. Also, linking policy to research and practice is necessary.

An example of the urgent need of these links is the demand from the side of policy for innovation in class which could be implemented through use of new teaching and learning materials, such as those based on inquiry-based-learning methods and/or materials that combine school subjects with the world of work. However, successful, classroom innovation also requires curriculum updates and modification – which, in turn, are reliant upon the availability of appropriate example materials. With this example, the mutual dependency of and the need for coordinated action between policy and practice becomes obvious. In addition to having good tasks and providing for their distribution, innovation in class also necessitates knowledge of which learning processes and goals are addressed. This is where the link to research becomes relevant.

A further outcome of the conference and its final discussion was the acknowledgement that policy, practice and research might have different perspectives on learning processes and goals. Such differences are legitimate – however, to achieve well-founded and sustainable innovation, different perspectives need to be the subject of open, mutual exchange. Here, it is the task and demand for practitioners, researchers and policy makers to increase collaboration and communication amongst each other and to step up coordinated efforts. This is especially apparent when it comes to detecting and responding to current national and European-wide trends and perspectives. Developing a strong network for European teacher professional development centres and strengthening the voice of the practice side is therefore an important approach – and a next step towards doing so are the aforementioned next meetings of the centre representatives that will be organized in connection with the mascil project meetings.

Another important conference conclusion is that although a range of promising approaches already exists about professional development for multipliers who in turn carry out professional development for teachers, much more needs to be done. There is an increased need for development activities (such as the development and evaluation of materials for multipliers and facilitators of teacher professional development) and most of all, a strong need for more research. Conference participants discussed that it is essential to strengthen further conceptualisation, research and practice-based testing of effective concepts – like the multiplier concept – in order to implement teacher professional development on a solid basis. Open questions in relation to the multiplier concept are, for example: What are the needs of multipliers when carrying out professional development activities? How can they support teachers who struggle with the implementation of innovative teaching approaches? How can they deal with teachers’ fears, complaints or constraints?

Furthermore, bringing together different concepts and trends, like the ‘use’ of multipliers and the establishment of professional learning communities in schools needs to be further elaborated in research. Although a research need, such elaboration should involve the practice side from the beginning. Responding to these research needs will require the support of specific projects, the use of existing networks in research and practice and possibly setting up specialised new research groups to facilitate progress.

This leads us back to the broad need of conceptualising scaled-up teacher professional development in order to target and overcome obstacles to its success. A viable approach discussed at the final plenary was to in the future more strongly utilise the concept of professional learning communities. In such communities, one of the teachers, or on occasions, an external ‘expert’, acts as the facilitator. This means that the learning community generally is more self-directed and immersed in the realities of day-to-day professional practice than in multiplier-provided professional development courses. Combining the concept of multiplier education with the concept of professional learning communities (both in research and in practice) promises to lead to sustainable approaches to scaled-up teacher professional development. This is because professional development is most successful and sustainable when it involves collaboration between teachers and encourages reflection and mutual support. Learning communities are an excellent method of fostering these practices, as teachers’ day-to-day professional lives contain inherent hurdles to setting up self-sustaining and sustainable learning communities. These hindrances include factors such as time, engagement or distances. School-based, professional learning communities, supported by experienced and professionally trained facilitators and multipliers, can help overcome such obstacles and could be seen as a route to scaled-up teacher professional development.

In addition, e-learning environments may also be a strategy that helps surmount hindrances to scaled-up teacher professional development and at the same time, facilitates the use of professional learning communities. However, as we also learned during the conference, e-learning in teacher professional development has its own inherent obstacles. These include: some educators have reservations about using online learning, difficulties involved in adapting professional development materials for use in an e-learning environment and the challenge of securing engagement and sustainability in virtual learning communities. In consequence, the use of e-learning in teacher professional development has been identified as an area with tremendous research needs.

The mascil mid-term conference made first crucial contributions to achieving scaled-up professional development of European maths and science teachers by discussing different means of scaling up. In the course of the conference and especially during the final plenary discussion, it became clear that it is necessary to delve even deeper into key issues relating to ‘educating the educators’ and the improvement of maths and science education at school. The mascil project and its partners are working intensively to meet this request within the framework of the project’s final conference to be held in 2016.

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all those who helped make the mascil mid-term conference such a success and look forward to providing updates about the implementation and progress made in achieving resulting future actions.

For more information about the conference, its outcomes as well as the conference proceedings, please see the conference website: http://educating-the-educators.ph-freiburg.de

Dissemination is core to mascil. To be most effective, we incorporated dissemination strategies into the earliest planning stages of mascil and designed them prior to project begin.

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During the project we carry out a variety of activities to support teachers in implementing inquiry-based teaching as well as connecting mathematics and science education to the world of work:

Development of materials

We will develop materials for classroom use and professional development. The materials for professional development will also include e-learning materials, which will be online in the middle of 2014.

Professional development courses

We will run professional development courses for both pre- and in-service teachers. These courses will:

• start off from teachers' needs
• allow teachers to reflect on their own teaching practices
• use the type of innovative methods teachers will use in their own teaching
• take into account contextual factors like assessment structures and curricula
• provide long term support for teachers.

The courses will start at the end of 2014 and will be offered face-to-face or as e-learning courses.

Dissemination activities

We will carry out dissemination activities, such as big conferences, information events, student contests and round tables in order to inform a large audience about inquiry-based science teaching and its aims. The target groups include teachers, teacher trainers, parents, students and policy makers.

Promoting European teachers' networks

mascil aims at facilitating the international exchange between teachers by promoting European teachers' networks and offering teachers participating in mascil a platform for international exchange.