Research & Development Programs
A. Projects in Progress
Title: Equipping the Next Generation for Active Engagement in Science (2014 - 2017)
Funding Framework: FP7- SiS.2013.2.2.1-1: Raising youth awareness to Responsible Research and Innovation through Inquiry Based Science Education
Budget: 2,656,815.20 €
Description: The ENGAGE project is part of the EU Science in society agenda to promote more ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI). ENGAGE is about equipping the next generation to participate in scientific issues to change how science is taught. Traditionally students gain an image of science as a body of content, whereas RRI deals with uncertain areas of knowledge, where values and argument matter as much as facts. This shift is hugely challenging. ENGAGE focuses on a more inquiry-based methodology, which gives students opportunity for self-expression and responsibility for coming to informed decisions. The project aims are: a) to help teachers address contemporary science issues and applications relevant to students; b) to develop teachers’ beliefs, knowledge and classroom practice for ‘RRI’; and c) to provide students a strong foundation to engage in science issues they will meet during their lives.
B. Completed Projects
Title: Puzzle. Developing easy to read formats for people with intellectual disabilities (2015 - 2017)
Funding Framework: Erasmus+ K2 Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Budget: 177.725 €
Description: Puzzle aims to facilitate the access to information, education and training of young people and adults with intellectual disabilities (IDs). Professionals from Greece, Poland and Lithuania who work in agencies providing educational services for people with IDs will be trained on the "easy to read" method and on how to exploit the potentials offered by new technologies for people with intellectual disabilities. After conducting a research study to assess the needs of people with IDs for information and learning on human rights issues in the above countries, the research findings will guide the composition of informative documents and learning/teaching material –in "easy to read" format. These will be uploaded on the Puzzle online platform, which is to provide educators with an environment to organize learning activities and publish related material for the education of people with IDs.
Title: Mainstream SocioCultural Dynamics to enhance NLLLS (2011 - 2013)
Funding Framework: Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, Support for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ECET). Transversal programme Key Activity 1: Policy Cooperation & Innovation
Description: The broad aim of MASON is to put in place a trans-national peer learning process under the scope of enhancing the development of mutual understanding across the LLL actors and between the prevailing educational traditions in Europe on coherence and comprehensiveness of Strategies on LLL. The project is built on the results of a previous project - EFELSE (Evaluation Framework for the Evolution of LLL Strategies in Europe), where identified were the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the implementation of NLLLS from a country perspective.
Title: European Policy Network on School Leadership (2011 - 2015)
Funding Framework: Lifelong Learning Programme Call for Proposals EAC/42/2010
Description: EPNoSL aims at stimulating discussion and reflection on the subject under the scope of facilitating policy articulation based on current trends in the Network’s Member States. The Network engages more than 40 stakeholders of different values (Ministries of Education, Educational Agencies, European-wide Teachers and Head Teachers Associations, Research Institutions, and Experts on Educational Policies) which interact in a collaborative and reflective manner, having as main objective to co-construct, manage and share knowledge intended to inform policy, with the ultimate aim of improving school leadership in Europe.
Title: Facilitating Reflections on Equity in LLL Strategy (2010 - 2011)
Funding Framework: LLP Transversal programme, KA1 "Support for European cooperation in Education and Training" ECET - Part B
Budget: 259.821 €
Description: FARE is a collaborative project aiming at developing an understanding on the complex relations embedded in the transition from VET to adult learning from an equity perspective. The project is concerned with the notion of "learning to learn" and regards it as a determining factor for perspective participation in adult learning.
Title: Supporting Equality in Science Technology and Mathematics related choices of careers (2010 - 2011)
Funding Framework: LLP Transversal Programme, KA1 "Studies and Comparative Research -KA1SCR
Budget: 666.660 €
Description: SESTEM is built on the premise that the study of the uptake of STEM studies by girls and their retention in the field can benefit from investigation into the triangulation of family-individual and school (secondary and tertiary) factors. Under this scope SESTEM aims to conduct four interrelated comparative studies engaging students, pupils, parents and teachers (both secondary and tertiary levels). Both qualitative (in depth interviews, conceptual mapping, tandem based dialoguing and review into existing literature) and quantitative (collection and analyses of data from across the Member States using on-line survey methods, and meta-analyses of existing statistical data) methods will be applied.
Title: Upgrading Self Reflective Competencies in SMEs (2009 - 2011)
Funding Framework: Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation
Budget: 332.841 €
Description: The scope of this project is to define a curricular framework for training women in SMEs to consider IT for management purposes. USEREC aims at enhancing the capacity of SMEs in relation to IT business solutions through the conception, design and implementation of participative hands-on pedagogical approach tested and validated within the project's life cycle.
Title: Evaluation Framework for the Evolution of LLL Strategies in Europe (2009 - 2010)
Funding Framework: National Lifelong Learning Strategies (NLLS) -Transversal programme
Budget: 241.930 €
Description: EFELSE’s overall aim is on the definition of criteria for successful Life Long Learning Strategy definition/implementation. Under this general scope the project aims to develop an understanding on the factors that impede upon progress towards change in E&T from a socio-cultural and capacity building perspective. The area of study is that of adult education as it is the area that is mostly influenced by traditional practices and attitudes towards learning.
Title: Promoting Equality in Digital Literacy (2008 - 2010)
Funding Framework: LLP, COMENIUS Multilateral project
Budget: 411.320 €
Description: At present, the take up of ICT-related careers by women is very small. PREDIL’s central concern is on the harmonization of societal needs and pedagogical practices. PREDIL is built on the premise that evidence based gender sensitive pedagogical methods and teaching approaches can be catalytic in increasing both the quality of educational provisions and pupils’ motivation in STEM related fields.
Title: Promoting Equality in Maths Achievement - 2 (2008 - 2008)
Funding Framework: Comenius Accompanying Measures
Description: The design of an evidence-based curricular framework on gender sensitive pedagogical approaches for the training of mathematics teachers.
Title: Promoting Equality in Maths Achievement (2006 - 2007)
Funding Framework: Socrates
Description: Deepening of understanding of the socio-cultural and pedagogical factors that impede upon girls' achievement / performance in mathematics
Title: Framework for eLearning Contents Evaluation (2006 - 2007)
Funding Framework: eLearning
Description: Fe-ConE aims at the promotion of e-learning by identifying key factors for the development / adoption of eLearning contents in the different socio-cultural environments in Europe, and on such a base to articulate and develop a decision making tool –self evaluation, to support e-learning for decision making on contents.
Title: The knowledge and Information skills needed for living in the digital age (2002 - 2004)
Funding Framework: Socrates, Minerva Action
Description: The scope of the project is the identification of key skills needed in the digital age and whether these are implicitly or explicitly addressed by the National curricular structures. On the bases of such an identification and mapping between real needs and expressed needs the project is to "trace" the space within the curricular structure where digital age skill-development can be integrated in the practices of teaching / learning.
Title: Investigation in Primary Education Teacher's Confidence and Competence in supporting innovation (2001 - 2002)
Funding Framework: Socrates, Minerva Action
Description: The overall objective in IPETCCO is the deepening of understanding into the factors that imped upon the pace of integrating ICT innovation in teaching/learning with the focus being on primary level education.
Title: Work Based Intergenerational learning in SME – a Key Factor for Success (2014 - 2017)
Funding Framework: Erasmus+ KA2
Budget: 420.892 €
Description: Wings4successaims at building bridges between the young (<30) and the older generation (55+), as well as between the “sectors” of adult education, vocational education and training in our companies, by developing, testing and integrating Intergenerational Learning practices in SMEs. In detail, Wings4success will design and develop online modules for Intergenerational Learning, a consulting model for Intergenerational Learning and practical recommendations to foster a successful work-based knowledge transfer between generations, by improving communication between them in SME.
Title: Teamwork, Training and Technology Network (2014 - 2016)
Funding Framework: LLP - COMENIUS Multilateral networks
Budget: 598.482 €
Description: The Teamwork, Training and Technology Network (TTTNet) aims to summarize practices, to identify innovations and actively work to mainstream those findings into educational policies with the aim of making science education more attractive and appealing to the young learners. The project strives to build on the experience of teachers-innovators and on the achievements of international projects and initiatives aimed at supporting science education.
Title: Mathematics and science for life! (2013 - 2016)
Funding Framework: FP7-SiS.2012.2.2.1-1: Supporting actions on Innovation in the classroom: teacher training on inquiry based teaching methods on a large scale in Europe)
Budget: 3,763,875.4 €
Description: MaScil aims to promote a widespread use of inquiry-based science teaching (IBST) in primary and secondary schools. Its major innovation is to connect IBST in school with the world of work making science more meaningful for young European students and motivating their interest in careers in S & T. To this end, training courses will run –in which pre and in-service teachers will learn about IBST supported by teachers from vocational education, representatives from industry and informal learning. They will develop inquiry tasks in vocational contexts, leading to a large European task repository. Teachers will experience IBST themselves and through iterative cycles of implementation followed by reflection integrate this into their practice. To ensure widespread participation a pyramid model will be used –in which project partners will work with a small number of teachers first each of which will then work with further teachers. Additionally an innovative interactive e-learning platform will be developed.
Title: LEGO Serious Play Learning for SMEs (2013 - 2014)
Funding Framework: Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of innovation
Budget: 397.594 €
Description: While SMEs are an important economic factor for the EU these have less productivity and grow more slowly than their counterpart within the United States. S-PLAY aims to adapt the former project “Health tutor in adult education” (http://www.healthtutor.eu/proj.htm), to the needs of SMEs in 6 different countries of Europe. SMEs shall be sensitised and trained in setting up the prerequisites for the "lernförderliche Arbeitsumgebung". This will be done by adapting the Health tutor material, which focused on setting up a healthy learning environment in Adult Education institutions (course framework, curriculum,, health check) to the needs of SMEs. The implementation within SMEs will be accompanied by the bench-effect method, which will further the long-term implementation within the SMES.
Title: My story (2013 - 2015)
Funding Framework: LLP – GRUNDTVIG Learning Partnership
Budget: 109.000 €
Description: Educational systems in Europe are currently faced with the need to adapt to significant socio-demographic and economical changes: ageing populations and increased migrant mobility. Therefore, an ever growing challenge is how to build more sustainable models of education to increase key competencies of many adults, including migrants and older learners and encourage their participation in lifelong learning. This two-year project aims to engage staff and learners in activities which will improve adult literacy and languages skills through the use of storytelling and digital narratives techniques. Both staff and learners will engage in workshop at European level complemented by work done locally by each organisation part of the learning partnership consortium.
Title: Innovative Networks for Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics education (2012 - 2015)
Funding Framework: LLP - COMENIUS Multilateral networks
Budget: 600.947 €
Description: INSTEM aims to synthesise the extensive knowledge and experience of current and former (Comenius) projects and actively initiate sustainable national working groups to transform science teaching. INSTEM is unique as all full partners (except 2 schools) are representatives of European projects. It is a network of networks drawing upon materials from 20 projects and 300+ institutions and bringing together 11 Universities, 3 schools and 56 associated partners (12 from additional projects, 44 key-actors for the national working groups e.g. schools, policy makers). This will ensure the best possible valorisation of existing project results to about 45,000 teachers.
Title: Working Environment with Social and Personal Open Tools for inquiry based learning (2012 - 2015)
Funding Framework: FP7-ICT-2011-8 / Collaborative project (ICT Call8) STREP
Budget: 3.738.930 €
Description: weSPOT aims at propagating scientific inquiry as the approach for science learning and teaching in combination with today’s curricula and teaching practices. It lowers the threshold for linking everyday life with science teaching in schools by technology. weSPOT supports the meaningful contextualization of scientific concepts by relating them to personal curiosity, experiences, and reasoning. weSPOT addresses several challenges in the area of science learning and technology support for building personal conceptual knowledge. The project focuses on inquiry-based learning with a theoretically sound and technology supported personal inquiry approach. In inquiry based-learning learners take the role of an explorer and scientist and are motivated by their personal curiosity, guided by self-reflection, and develop knowledge personal and collaborative sense-making and reasoning. weSPOT will work on a meta-inquiry level in that it will (a) define a reference model for inquiry-based learning skills, (b) create a diagnostic instrument for measuring inquiry skills, and (c) implement a working environment that allows the easy linking of inquiry activities with school curricula and legacy systems.
Title: Towards inclusive research programming for sustainable food innovations (2011 - 2014)
Funding Framework: FP7 –SiS.2011.1.0-1, [Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) Action Plans on societal challenges, Coordination and Support Action]
Budget: 4.546.907,40 €
Description: Most EU Member States have identified food and health as key priorities. This is in response to increases in obesity and diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases amongst their populations. Attempts to increase public awareness of appropriate ways to eat more healthily though do not seem to have led to significant changes in patterns of food purchase and consumption. It has become obvious that the development of effective measures for improvement is a demanding task and requires further systematic research and innovative approaches. Through a multilevel stakeholders participative approach INPROFOOD intends to make impact on • Contributing to adapting the governance of research and technological development in the area of food and health to facilitate sustainable and inclusive solutions • Helping further incorporate science in society issues into the systems of research • Contributing to an improved transnational cooperation • Providing experiential feedback to underpin the policy debate on a “new social contract” between science and society by providing evidence on societal demands to support practical guidelines for inclusive, sustainable research designs. Overall the project aims to foster dialogue and mutual learning between industry, academia and civil society already in the earliest stages of the research processes directed towards developing innovative approaches (technical and social) for dealing with the food and health challenge.
Title: Science Teaching European Network for Creativity and Innovation in Learning (2011 - 2013)
Funding Framework: LLL COMENIUS Network
Budget: 592.766 €
Description: STENCIL includes 21 members from 9 European countries, providing joint expertise to contribute to the improvement of science teaching, by promoting innovative methodologies and creative solutions that make science studies more attractive for students. STENCIL is offering to science teachers, schools, school leaders, policy makers and practitioners in science education from all over Europe, a platform to encourage joint reflection and European co-operation, offering high visibility to schools and institutions involved in Comenius and other European funded projects.
Title: Nano Technology for Science Education (2011 - 2013)
Funding Framework: LLP Transversal Programme KA3-ICT
Budget: 518.517 €
Description: NTSE aims to use ICT as a tool to make the learning of science subjects more attractive and accessible. The project target groups are students from the general and vocational schools aged 13 to 18; teachers in science subject; and college & university students attending science education courses. Mainly, the project will establish a Virtual Lab, as an experimental virtual aid to science learning. The project seeks to address the problems by integrating well established but currently independent technological developments, within creative and motivating teaching materials and virtual learning spaces.
Title: Senior Sport (2010 - 2011)
Funding Framework: Preparatory Actions in the field of Sport - Health and physical activity
Budget: 288.219 €
Description: The overall objective is the development of a holistic methodology for integration of physical activity in a new lifestyle with the aim to improve the prevention and palliative cares taking a special attention to healthy aging. The project will promote and care of physical activity and sport, which is an essential instrument for improving the quality of life and social welfare in the social sectors most in need, specially elderly population.
Title: Gender in Science (2009 - 2012)
Funding Framework: FP7, SP4-Capacities, Support actions, SiS-2009-184.108.40.206, Involving research bodies in the debate on gender and research.
Budget: 1.036.232 €
Description: The GenSET project will develop practical ways in which gender knowledge and gender mainstreaming expertise can be incorporated within European science institutions in order to improve individual and collective capacity for action to increase women's participation in science. GenSET will facilitate a sustainable, collaborative dialogue between gender experts and science leaders to agree on practical guidelines for implementing gender action plans within existing institutional mechanisms. Involved in the debate will be 100 European science stakeholder institutions, 15 international gender experts, and eight European strategy decision-makers.
Title: Coordination/Cooperation/Cultural context tandem learning program of transnational cooperation for SMEs (2008 - 2010)
Funding Framework: Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation
Budget: 299.612 €
Description: The idea of the project is to offer a learning programme in the area of project-oriented international cooperation, especially for innovative SMEs and institutions. Partners will use existing cooperation networks in which they are involved to disseminate and transfer knowledge from the project to other EU countries. An innovative approach resulting in the application and development of the tandem learning concept in the context of development of skills and competencies in the area of transnational cooperation will be the most important impact of the project.
Title: Gender Awareness in Media Education (2006 - 2009)
Funding Framework: Socrates, Comenius 2.1 Action
Description: In Teacher Education new media (ICT) are used with competence and combined with gender aspects
Title: ICT Training for Trainers - Meeting Senior Learner Needs (2006 - 2008)
Funding Framework: Socrates
Title: Promoting Advanced Resources and Methodologies for New Teaching and Learning Solutions in Digital Education (2005 - 2007)
Funding Framework: Leonardo da Vinci
Description: Intelligent agents are one of the most prominent and attractive technologies in training and education in general. PARMENIDE project intends to design and disseminate an innovative learning system aimed at combining e-learning modalities with an advanced and interactive knowledge acquisition system based on Intelligent Agents (IA).
Title: Implementing Standards for European eTutor Training (2004 - 2006)
Funding Framework: Leonardo da Vinci
Description: The aim of the project is to define the core curriculum and quality standards for European etutor training in relation to different national contexts. This project continues the work of the previous Leonardo da Vinci project Qualifikation e-Coach/ Entwicklung einer europäischen e-Learning Didaktik ("European e-Tutor, EeT").