LINKS

The LINKS project (Learning from Innovation and Networking in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics) aims at improving inquiry-based STEM teaching through the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers and their educators, both at primary and secondary levels.

 

Why LINKS?

Partners involved in LINKS, organised through educational and national networks, consider CPD as the most effective leverage to enhance the achievements of pupils in STEM.

However, to make the most of CPD benefits, it is crucial to design and implement policies and programmes that target effectively the needs of teachers.

This supposes to address appropriately the following issues:

  • What type of knowledge and skills should be developed among teachers and educators?
  • What sort of innovations should be brought to CPD in terms of content, methods, tools, especially in the context of digitalisation?
  • Who should contribute to CPD apart from traditional CPD providers?
  • Especially, what should be the role of employers and of the scientific community?

Besides, partners take up another key challenge which is the commitment of decision-makers in the support to the expansion and sustainability of proposed CPD strategy.

To raise a strong and long-lasting interest for the innovations and features developed by partners, a pre-condition is the reinforcement of their capacity to provide evidence of the positive impact of their CPD activities on teaching practices and learning outcomes.

A network of 9 partners

The project is carried by a partnership composed of 9 institutions involved in STEM CPD of teachers and their educators in Austria, Finland, France, Italy and the United Kindom. They belong (and some of them coordinate) to national networks which all together represent 120 local CPD providers.

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A study on effective and innovative practices developed in partners’ CPD programmes

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This study has been published in English. Executive summaries in French, Finnish, Italian and German have also been published.

Five guidance tools and their brochures on five cross-cutting issues

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These guidance tools will be available also in Finnish, French, German and Italian by autumn 2019.

Six dissemination events during the project lifetime

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Final Conference, June 3rd, 2019

@ Helsingin yliopisto, Exactum & Chemicum, Kumpulan kampus, Helsinki

09.00 – 09.30 Welcome

  • Welcome words by Prof. Maija Aksela, Director of the LUMA Centre Finland
  • Presentation of the LINKS project and the final conference by Dr. David Jasmin, Director of the Fondation La main à la pâte, France

09.30 – 10.30 Experiences in implementing effective continuous professional development for STEM teachers in five European countries 

  • Presentation of the study by Laurence Constantini, coordinator of LINKS, Fondation La main à la pâte, France

Q&A with the audience

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 How to improve STEM CPD in Europe 
1st part − Presentation on the main conclusions and recommendations proposed by LINKS partners on 5 cross-cutting issues, followed by discussions in workshops

  • Working with the schools, ANISN, Italy
  • Working with the scientific community, Fondation La main à la pâte, France
  • Working with the employers / businesses, LUMA Centre, Finland
  • Quality-assurance and evidence-based impact evaluation, STEM Learning, United Kingdom
  • Building comprehensive partnerships and alliances, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 How to improve STEM CPD in Europe 
2nd part − What features should be developed in STEM CPD programmes in the future?

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 16.30 Feedback session 
16.30 – 17.00 Conclusions 

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Coordination

Fondation La main à la pâte
43, rue de Rennes
75006 PARIS

 

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Finland

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France

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Italy

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The United Kingdom

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The LINKS project is coordinated by the Foundation La main à la pâte (France)

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The LINKS project is supported by the French National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme.

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