O3: Taking advantage of diverse learners: Jointly facing the challenges towards improving STEM education in Europe
The Faculty School of Education at the University of Innsbruck was founded in 2013 and comprises three research institutes. The Science and Mathematics Education Research Group (Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften, Geographie, Informatik und Mathematik) is one out of three units comprising the Department of subject-specific Education and offers high quality accreditation programs for science and math teachers.
This teaching activity is complemented by research in the fields of education theory, classroom practice, subject-specific teaching and teachers’ professional development. Additional focus is put on research into science learning outside the classroom and education for a sustainable future. As part of the STEM PD Net project, LFU is responsible for Intellectual Output 3 (IO3), which is focusing on diverse learners in science and math classes. In addition, we are monitoring partners’ learning to provide a more detailed insight into the often-neglected contribution European projects have on the organizational development.
Suzanne Kapelari holds a professorship in Science Education, is Head of the Science and Mathematics Education Research Group and is deputy chairman of the Department of subject-specific Education at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her research interests are in science teaching and learning outside the classroom, learning science in multicultural learning environment and education for a sustainable development.
She was coordinator of the European Projects: Plant Science Gardens (FP6) and INQUIRE: teacher Training for a sustainable Future (FP7) and was and is project partner in MASCIL: mathematics and Science for Life (FP7); BigPicnic: Big Questions- engaging the public with responsible Research and Innovation on Food Security (H2020), the Comenius Network: INSTEM and the Erasmus+ Network: STEM PD Net.
University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Florian Stampfer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Science and Mathematics Education Research Group in the Department of Subject-Specific Education at the University of Innsbruck. His research interests are inquiry-based learning in mathematics and the use of randomly generated tasks for the diagnosis of misconceptions (natural number bias) and for skill measurements. He was responsible for the Austrian mathematics branch of the EU-project MASCIL – Mathematics and Science for Life (FP7).