PARRISE: Promoting Attainment of Responsible Research and Innovation in Science Education


The aim of the PARRISE project is to collect and share existing best practices across Europe and develop learning tools, materials and in/pre-service training courses for science teachers based on the Socio-Scientific Inquiry-Based Learning (SSIBL) approach.

Our aim is to empower and facilitate science teachers and teacher educators, by in-service and pre-service professional development courses, based on reshaped best practices available among the partners. These shared selected best practices will be reflected on from a ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI) perspective and improved by an international ‘community of learners’ who incorporate RRI in their teaching and learning processes.

The PARRISE project has established a multidisciplinary team and facilitates networking activities among teachers, teacher educators and educational researchers of 18 institutions in 11 countries. The project builds on recently developed Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) insights and fosters implementation of IBSE in educational practice.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Hungary, Israel, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Coordinator: Dr. Marie-Christine Knippels, Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (FIsme), Utrecht University,

Programme: FP7

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Target groups: policy makers, researchers, teachers, trainee teachers, university lecturers

Topic: Biology, Ecology, Energy, Environmental sciences, Physics

Start year: 2013

End year: 2017


Contact person: Dr.Marie-Christine Knippels M.C.P.J.Knippels (at)

The PARRISE consortium is developing the socio-scientific inquiry-based learning (SSIBL) framework, which seeks to elaborate the concept of ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI) thereby providing an educational framework operationalizing democratic participation in RRI for SSIBL.

In its final form, SSIBL will provide a conceptual framework underpinning the epistemic relationships between RRI, Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE), Socio-Scientific Issues (SSI) and Citizenship Education (CE).

The SSIBL framework will also incorporate best practices in RRI, IBSE, SSI and CE, drawing from the rich and diverse experiences of the 18 consortium members. The framework will act as a core organizing principle for the diverse units within the programme.

Teaching IBSE within citizenship and RRI contexts is a challenge as different domains such as school science, ethics, citizenship and research science have to be integrated. Such integration is not commonly practised in European schools, hence the need for strong theoretical guidance and workable and flexible exemplars based on good practice.

The SSIBL framework will be published in openly accessible sites and scholarly venues, such as scientific journals. Research based on the SSIBL framework, presenting empirical results from the implementation of the SSIBL framework, will also be published and announced on the SCIENTIX and PARRISE websites.

The PARRISE project is developing Teacher Professional Development (TPD) activities in SSIBL for primary education (ages 10-12), lower secondary education (ages 12-16) and upper secondary education (ages 16-18). These activities are based on best practices available among the partners and include both formal and informal education.


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