What is the aim of the project, what is being developed, how does the project proceed?
A trialled and tested, open-resource professional development (PD) course ‘Inclusive STEM Education’ for teachers – to be scaled-up across Europe
The aim of the MaSDiV project is to develop a research-based, quality-controlled and tested measure – a teacher professional development course to promote inclusive mathematics and science education – that will be broadly implemented and scaled-up across Europe. We will develop a course according to latest research and standards regarding PD quality and base it on a well-researched STEM education concept – inquiry-based learning (IBL). In MaSDiV, we will further develop and expand IBL in suitable ways to promote science and mathematics literacy among all students under the conditions of diverse and multicultural classrooms. A truly innovative feature of this course is that it links STEM education and IBL to the learning of fundamental values and intercultural learning.
The PD course will comprise three modules that will be available as free and open resources and include supplementary offers (such as suitable classroom tasks for teachers, guidelines for teacher educators giving the course, etc.):
- IBL as an approach for addressing achievement-related diversity
- IBL in realistic, relevant contexts and
- IBL in multicultural settings
The PD course aims to develop teachers’ competence to practice inclusive science and mathematics education for the learning benefit of all students, regardless of their cultural or socio-economic backgrounds. The main target groups are lower secondary school teachers in general education across Europe.
We will use a pre-post design to experimentally test the developed measure in six countries. Our multimethod evaluation design reverts to quantitative and qualitative proceedings. Evaluation will allow for a reliable assessment on the measure’s effects, as well as on routes to scaling-up the measure.
Leading science education research institutes who are members of the International Consortium for STEM Education, together with European ministries of education are developing the measure (see also Consortium partners below). (bitte verlinken)
The project runs from2017 to 2020. We will devote its final years to initiating a scaling-up process for the measure so as to ensure that the PD course will be implemented to the widest possible extent in national educational settings. MaSDiV’s cooperation with 11 European ministries of education and its connections to relevant national and European networks and communities in STEM education from research, policy and practice ensures that the project will maximize its impact and thus, maximize its benefits for a high-quality, socially relevant, just and inclusive STEM education.