mascil - maths and science for life!


Project mascil ( 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. Mascil is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Katja Maaß, University of Education Freiburg.

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. Doing so makes mathematics and science more meaningful to students. 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.

The participants will also develop tasks in vocational contexts, leading to a European repository of inquiry-based tasks. Our teacher communication platform makes it possible for teachers to profit from the international perspective of mascil.

Within the mascil concept, IBL-trained teachers become mascil multipliers who in turn offer courses to further 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 represented by partner universities and institutes in thirteen countries:

University of Education Freiburg, Germany, coordinating institution

Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

Utrecht University, Netherlands

The University of Nottingham, Great Britain

University of Jaén, Spain

University of Nicosia (Educational Excellence Corporation Ltd.), Cyprus

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Sør-Trøndelag University College, Norway

Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel, Germany

Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Divulgación Dinámica SL, Spain

Hacettepe University, Turkey

Vilnius University, Lithuania

University of Vienna, Austria              

University of Münster, Germany

Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria




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