Project mascil (www.mascil-project.eu) has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. During the four-year mascil lifetime (2013 – 2016), 18 partners from 13 countries are working together to achieve project goals.
Our aim is to promote a widespread use of inquiry-based teaching and learning in primary and secondary school science and mathematics classrooms. In addition, a key mascil focus is connecting mathematics and science education to the world of work. When doing inquiry-based tasks, students work like scientists and in the process, acquire competencies they need for their future professional and personal lives as active citizens.
In order to implement inquiry-based teaching and connect mathematics and science education to the world of work, mascil follows a holistic approach by carrying out a variety of activities, including the development of materials and running professional development courses. Vocational educational teachers and industry representatives support the professional development courses for pre- and in-service teachers. Within the mascil concept, IBL-trained teachers become mascil multipliers who in turn, offer courses to other teachers. Depending on the national context, we accomplish this aspect through use of e-learning. The national and European advisory panels are comprised of stakeholders charged with providing expert advice to the partners throughout project lifetime. Mascil uses workshops and policy papers to reach and inform policy makers.
mascil is represented by partner universities and institutes in thirteen countries:
University of Education Freiburg (Germany), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece), Utrecht University (The Netherlands), University of Nottingham (Great Britain), University of Jaén (Spain), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Kiel (Germany), Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), University of Hradec Králové (Czech Republic), Divulgación Dinámica SL (Spain), Hacettepe University (Turkey), Vilnius University (Lithuania), University of Innsbruck (Austria), Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany), Bulgarian Academy of Science (Bulgaria).
mascil is coordinated at the University of Education Freiburg. The University of Education is a specialized university focusing on research, teaching and training the next generation of education researchers and teaching and learning professionals. In-service training for education professionals is also an important pillar in the university’s work. Through the Freiburg Advanced Center of Education the University of Freiburg and the University of Education Freiburg join forces in delivering teacher education of the highest quality. Ten years of successful international collaboration in European projects have also established the University of Education Freiburg as a significant research centre and disseminator of innovative practices in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education: www.ph-freiburg.de/international/international-research-and-projects