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Balancing the needs between training for future scientists and broader societal needs
Aim of the project
The overall aim of the SECURE project is to make a significant contribution to a European knowledge-based society by providing relevant research data that can serve as the basis for a public debate among policy makers and other stakeholders on how MST curricula and their delivery can be improved in order to encourage and prepare children from an early age on for future careers in Math, Science and Technology (MST), whilst at the same time making MST more accessible and enjoyable for all children so that they will keep a vivid interest in science and technology, and understand the importance of their societal role, throughout their adult lives.
The specific objective of the SECURE project is to provide relevant and rigorous research data and translate them in recommendations that contribute to the debate among policy makers on science curricula and their objectives: balancing the needs between training future scientists and broader societal needs.
The SECURE research will focus on 5, 8, 11 and 13 years old learners, their science curriculum and their teachers. These ages bridge the gaps between kindergarten, primary and middle school. The target group for results are all people bearing responsibility for science education.
The SECURE project will provide scientific research results to enhance the debate among policy makers on the purpose of school MST education, whether this purpose is being addressed in practice through school curricula, and what perceptions both learners and teachers have on science.
To accomplish the outcomes of the SECURE project several initiatives are planned: happenings at the participating schools, national and international conferences and discussions on the preliminary results with an expert group.
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom
Thomas More (BE) is in charge of the overall coordination and management of this project funded by the European Union under the 7the Framework Programme (GA 266640).