PROFILES - Professional Reflection-Oriented Focus on Inquiry-based Learning and Education through Science – University of Copenhagen

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30 November 2014

PROFILES - Professional Reflection-Oriented Focus on Inquiry-based Learning and Education through Science

The PROFILES project aims at disseminating Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE). To achieve this, the PROFILES partners are using and conducting innovative learning environments and long-term teacher trainings.

PROFILES is short for: "Professional Reflection-Oriented Focus on Inquiry-based Learning and Education through Science" and is supported by the EU.

PROFILES promotes IBSE through raising the self-efficacy of science teachers to
take ownership of more effective ways of teaching students, supported by
stakeholders. The proposal innovation is through working with teacher
partnerships to implement existing, exemplary context-led, IBSE focussed,
science teaching materials enhanced by inspired, teacher relevant, training and
intervention programmes. This is undertaken by reflection, interactions and
seeking to meaningfully raise teacher skills in developing creative, scientific
problem-solving and socio-scientific decision-making abilities in students. The
measures of success are through (a) determining the self-efficacy of science
teachers in developing self-satisfying science teaching methods and (b) in the
attitudes of students toward this more student-involved approach. Dissemination
of approaches, reactions, and reflections form a further key project target,
making much use of the internet and other formats useful for sharing science
teacher profiles in an interactive forum.

The project focuses on open inquiry approaches as a major teaching target and pays much attention to both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of students in the learning of science. The intended outcome is school science teaching becoming more meaningful, related to 21st century science and incorporating interdisciplinary socio-scientific issues and
IBSE-related teaching, taking particular note of gender factors.

PROFILES involves 22 partners from 21 different countries.

Recently we have conducted seminars and workshops at two Danish Highschools. In May a two day event at Odsherred Gymnasium and in August a similar event at Rysensteen Gymnasium. Currently at both schools the teachers are now enhancing their planned courses.

As part of the PROFILES project we are also running a Delphi-study. The intended outcome is school science teaching becoming more meaningful, related to 21st century science and incorporating interdisciplinary socio-scientific issues and
IBSE-related teaching.

As part of the project several TEACHING/LEARNING MODULES has been developed. These are available here.

Newsletters on the progress of the project are available here.

Other materials related to the project see below:

The International website for the project is available at http://www.profiles-project.eu

Participants:

Jan Alexis Nielsen, DSE
Claus Jessen, Klavs Frisdahl, Lærke Bang Jacobsen