Welcome to the commented selection of high-quality STEM PD materials!
Being aware that there are not so many ready-to-use STEM professional development (PD) materials existing or those existing are not easy to identify, STEM PD Net project partners did their best to collect tested, self-explaining and ready-to-use STEM PD materials and provide comments on their educational approaches, applicability and compliance with the quality or specific criteria (e.g., applicable in the diverse contexts etc.).
Here you find the commented selection of ready-to-use STEM PD materials collected from STEM PD Net project partners, designed in various STEM-related European projects.
To facilitate their use, easy-to-use basic information on objectives, content, subject and target group of every material is provided as well as languages in which materials are available. A short description of every PD material is available in English and in the related project partners’ languages. Every description includes the link to the primary source where more detailed self-explanatory information can be found.
In addition to that, every material of this selection is commented in relation to the quality criteria for PD that have been set by project partners (please see our guide on quality criteria of PD, http://stem-pd-net.eu/en/pd-quality/), as well as educational approaches promoted and on how far the issue of diversity is addressed in the material. If appropriate, users’ comments (from PD providers) on experiences using material and its impact to STEM PD are provided.
Every material of this selection is evaluated according the presence level of five quality criteria (development of STEM competence, stimulation of teacher collaboration, different stages of delivery process, long-term involvement of participants, active involvement of participants and co-creation) developed by project partners (please see our guide on quality criteria of PD, http://stem-pd-net.eu/en/pd-quality/).
If compliance to the criteria on development of STEM competence is met, this means that the STEM PD material aims at developing a holistic understanding of STEM, thus making connections between STEM specific subjects and other disciplines and helping to strengthen scientific inquiry application in the classroom. The criteria of stimulation of collaboration between teachers means that the selected STEM PD material empowers and encourages teachers to collaborate in learning. In order to comply with the criteria on combining different phases of professional delivery (off-job seminar phase, on-job implementation in classroom setting and off-job seminar phase including reflection), PD offers should provide input on relevant topics, tools and possibilities enabling teachers to implement this input in their daily work and to reflect their professional competencies and beliefs. High quality STEM PD means long-term involvement of participating teachers; short-term (or even one-day) events do rather not fulfil core characteristics of high quality PD. If the criterium of active involvement of participants and co-creation is met, this might mean that STEM PD takes into account teachers’ needs allows participants to be involved as active learners and co-creators of PD’s impact and success.
In addition to the quality criteria, materials are also evaluated according their attention to the diversity issue and/or potential of their applicability in diverse contexts. PD providers will also find information on the educational approaches used, such as inclusive teaching, inquiry based learning, technology enhanced teaching, problem solving, cross-curricula integration.
Although the selection is meant for PD providers, in order to maximize applicability and use for teachers, many of PD materials also include classroom materials.