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The 2nd and the Final International Conference of the PRISCINET Project was held in Valetta, the capital of Malta, between the 16th and 18th of July, in the historical Building of the Old University. Approximately 100 delegates from different countries of Europe attended the conference and engaged in: a) discussions on the implementation of inquiry based science learning education (IBSE) in primary and pre-primary schools, b) hands-on workshops that can be replicated in the classroom, c) sharing of experiences and best-practices, d) discussion on the amalgamation of informal and formal learning. 

 

The end of the conference essentially marked the completion of the PRISCINET project with the hope and the expectation that what has been achieved during the project could make a significant contribution to the training of teachers with respect of IBSE.  

The conference included two keynote lectures by experts in the field. The first lecture by Prof. Constantinos P. Constantinou (President of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction – EARLI) was entitled “Do children have any need for science learning? What does existing research tell us?” and the second keynote speech entitled “The Challenge - Keeping IBSE active” was given by Prof. Lady Sue Dale Tunnicliffe (Institute of Education, University of London). 

An innovation of the conference was the opportunity provided to emerging researchers to present their work as keynote speakers..

    

Also the delegates attended workshops in which they had the opportunity to participate (assuming the role of students) in inquiry-based activities, organized by partners involved in the project. Furthermore during the conference many teachers had the opportunity to present specific IBSE activities they designed and share their experiences with their implementation in the classroom.

  

In addition, the conference hosted a ceremony for awarding selected educators and young researchers with Certificates of Excellence. This was intended as a means of recognition of those teachers who are working to change the way that science is carried out in their classroom. This number of teachers will hopefully keep on growing with the aim to make it possible to really enhance actual teaching practice in science. 

As the coordinator of the project, I would like to express my gratitude to all the partners, but also to all the teachers who have been involved in the project, for their support and their significant contribution that rendered PRISCINET a successful project. 

 

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