Projects at the Programme for Teacher Education

S-TEAM : Science-Teacher Education Advanced Methods


Project period: 2009-2012

Project leader: Geir Karlsen (PLU)

A dissemination project under the EU Science-in-Society theme within Framework Programme 7

The main methods of dissemination which will be used by S-TEAM will be training events or reflective workshops, together with materials for teachers and teacher educators including DVDs or other media.

The underlying principle of S-TEAM, however, is that teachers will be consulted and listened to, throughout the project. It is simply not possible to effect large-scale change in the pedagogy of science education without the full cooperation of teachers.

Equally, the involvement of policymakers and their power to effect change at a structural level is essential. Training events and workshops are only useful if they are supported by continuing development activities which connect teachers and their ideas, and resources which enable them to implement their ideas inside and outside the classoom.

About the Project

The S-TEAM project was initiated by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. It currently has 25 institutional partners in 14 countries. The aim of the project is to enable the widest possible use of inquiry-based and other innovative methods in science teaching across Europe and beyond.

Our argument is that only through teacher education can new methods be sustainably implemented in classrooms. Teacher education includes not only the initial stages in college or university but the continuing professional development or lifelong learning of teachers.

The same principles which apply to inquiry-based methods should also be applied within teacher education. These principles include:

  • Problem solving
  • Collaborative work
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Learning through dialogue
  • Coherent argumentation Student autonomy


The Project Partners

  • Cyprus European University - Cyprus
  • Czech Republic University of South Bohemia
  • Denmark University of Copenhagen & Aarhus Universitet
  • Estonia University of Tallinn
  • Finland Abo Akademi University, Helsinki University & University of Jyväskylä
  • France Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Pierre Mendes-France & Université Rennes 2- Haute Bretagne
  • Germany Friedrich Schiller University of Jena & Leibniz Institute for Science Education at the University of Kiel (IPN)
  • Israel Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • Lithuania Kaunas University of Technology Vilnius Pedagogical University
  • Norway Norwegian University of Science and Technology (coordinator) & University of Oslo
  • Spain Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
  • Sweden Mälardalen University
  • Turkey Gazi University & Hacettepe University
  • United Kingdom University of Bristol, University of Leeds & University of Strathclyde