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Overall objective of Pri-Sci-Net

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Pri-Sci-Net is about promoting Inquiry-based learning in science at primary level of education through developing activities for teachers to use as well as setting up a Europe-wide network for professionals and academics in the area of Primary Science Education. The aim is to provide training and professional support to teachers to help them use Inquiry based learning in Science in schools. A virtual platform set up at European level will network professionals as well as support the organisation of training courses.The project will also recognise teachers’ and researchers’ achievements in implementing Inquiry-based learning in science at primary level, as well as provide an opportunity for teachers and academics across Europe to share their experiences and successes.

The Specific Project Aims and objectives are to:

  • Create a network for primary science education researchers and teacher-trainers, as well as practising teachers;
  • Utilise the network to promote professional development of teachers through training material, sharing of experiences, educational resources as well as recognising achievement of primary school teachers and researchers in the area of Primary Science;
  • Identify successful examples of application of IBSE and build further educational resources in primary science education for use by primary teachers;
  • Provide resources in primary science for free and in a range of languages online and distributed through the teachers’ network;
  • Organise in-service training sessions on a national level in the partner countries, with financial support to selected numbers of network members;
  • Organise three international professional development courses for primary science teacher-trainers and researchers;
  • Organise two international primary science conferences aimed at researchers, teacher –trainers and practising teachers;
  • Recognise the achievements of teachers, researchers and trainers through Recognition for Excellence in IBSE Certificate which will be presented at the International conferences each year. This recognition will not be monetary in nature but will involve certification by the project consortium (those receiving recognition will only be given travel and subsistence to attend conference to receive Certificate); and
  • Evaluating all activities and initiatives through external and internal evaluation methods
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