Conference theme: Aims and objectives


Conference times:

Monday, 15 December 2014 from 12:00 to 19:00  (Pre-Conference for professional development institutions from 10:00 to 12:00)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 from 09:00 to 17:30

The European project mascil (mathematics and science for life!,  and the DZLM (German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education, are pleased to host the conference. The DZLM is an initiative of and funded by the Deutsche Telekom Foundation (www.telekom‐ The project mascil has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme. Event supporters are the University of Education Freiburg, the University Duisburg-Essen and the EMS (European Mathematical Society).

This is the first international conference specifically devoted to the topic of educating the educators (such as teachers, teacher educators, the educators of teacher educators as well as multipliers and institutions engaged in teacher professional development) in particular in relation to innovative teaching concepts, such as inquiry-based learning. It will serve as a lever and platform for international exchange about these innovative teaching approaches and experiences concerning such questions as: What are the features of successful concepts and professional development (PD)? What are the needs and experiences of the different target groups? Which pitfalls have to be avoided?

This international conference will connect researchers and practitioners engaged in the field of maths and science education in order to discuss concepts of scaling-up teacher professional development. A special feature of this conference is that it will bring together researchers and practitioners (including the target group of teacher educators themselves) and will initiate an exchange between teacher education centres in the different countries. Key to scaling-up concepts - and core to the conference - will be the education, professional development and support of multipliers. The conference will approach the subject from the perspectives of: 1. Individual countries and their particularities; 2. Different target-groups and their needs (policy makers, educators of teacher educators) and 3. The end-users (teacher educators, teachers and their everyday classroom practice).

Innovative and interactive formats will be used during the conference to help bring out the specific benefit of gathering a circle of participants from both research and practice. Relevance for, and impact on, practice will be ensured by using oral presentations and discussion, demonstrations (e.g. simulation of professional development situations, demonstration of materials) with subsequentfacilitatedreflection and practice-oriented reports from teacher educators, training centres and policy makers. The conference will be rounded out with keynote lectures, a poster session and a closing plenary discussion based on the reports of track rapporteurs.

The conference will be organized in four different tracks, each addressing four different means of scaling-up professional development in maths and science education. Each track will cover the field of science as well as mathematics. The aim is to present and discuss different approaches which ensure a high quality of the education of educators:

    1. Scaling-up with multipliers in face-to-face professional development courses
    2. Blended learning concepts and e-learning support
    3. Disseminating and scaling-up through materials
    4. Professional learning communities

Target groups

Teacher educators and researchers, multipliers and relevant networks, educators of multipliers and teacher educators, policy makers, teacher training centres, maths and science education support centres, presidents and heads of training institutions/centres and relevant networks.

The conference board:


   Prof. Dr Bärbel Barzel                                 DZLM, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

     Prof. Dr Katja Maaß                                      mascil, University of Education Freiburg, Germany

     Prof. Dr Günter Törner                                DZLM, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

     Diana Wernisch                                            mascil, University of Education Freiburg, Germany


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The project mascil has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement n°320693