• Claudia Stübi (Symposium or Workshop Organizer)
  • Brigitte Döring (Proceedings Author)
  • Claudia Fischer (Proceedings Author)
  • Alexander Koch (Proceedings Author)
  • Karen Rieck (Proceedings Author)
  • Silke Rönnebeck (Proceedings Author)
  • Matthias Stadler (Proceedings Author)
  • Stefan Zehetmeier (Proceedings Author)
In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, networks of model schools, teacher training colleges, institutes of educational development and ministries work together in nationwide large-scale programs for the advancement of science education. The initiatives include the networking of teachers and schools, the development of educational materials and units as well as the dialogue between school practice, teaching methodology, research and education policy. The three national programs presented in the symposium are coordinated and directed by the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel in Germany, the Institute of Instructional and School Development at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt in Austria and the Center of Science and Technology Teaching at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. In recent years, however, the need to improve science education has also been recognized at a European level. The EU-project STEAM was funded within the EU 7th Framework program and worked together with 26 partner universities all over Europe. The German SINUS program reaches more than 850 elementary schools and 4,500 teachers. In Austria, IMST involves 7,000 persons a year, representing schools, ministries and universities. Swiss Science Education SWiSE brings together teachers, trainers and other experts from 14 different cantons. The four projects are evaluated on different levels, for example with teacher and student questionnaires, interviews and/or video studies. The four short presentations give insight into the model programs with their major results and report central experiences and effects of the programs. Conclusively, especially the cross-border comparison is interesting for science education research and teacher professional development.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 01.04.2014
Publication date01.04.2014
Number of pages11
PublisherEuropean Science Education Research Association


TitleE-Book Proceedings of the ESERA 2013 Conference : Science Education Research For Evidence-based Teaching and Coherence in Learning
EditorsConstantinos P. Constantinou, Nicos Papadouris, Angela Hadjigeorgiou
VolumeStrand 14

Conference information

TitleESERA 2013 Conference
PlaceNicosia, Cyprus

    Research areas

  • Research in teaching and learning - Inquiry-based teaching, Teacher Professional Development, Compulsory School

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