ITEMS: Improving Teacher Education in Mathematics and Science

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The objective of ITEMS is to develop a framework for improving the skills of science and maths teachers and, consequently, to increase students success and interest in these areas.

ITEMS (Improving Teacher Education in Mathematics and Science) is a project within the EACEA’s (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) Lifelong Learning Programme Key Activity 4 (Dissemination).

The ITEMS partnership includes public institutions from four different countries: two teacher training institutions (CEFIRE from Spain and Second Level Support Service (SLSS) from Ireland) and two high schools (Gimnazija Poljane from Slovenia and Gymnasium Isernhagen from Germany). The project also relies on the cooperation of European Schoolnet.

General Objective

The central objective of ITEMS is to develop a framework for improving standards in science and maths teaching and learning by improving teaching skills and setting up the conditions for a change in teaching practices towards a more inquiry-based model with the help of new ICT tools. By doing so, ITEMS aims to increase students’ success and interest in science and mathematics.

Specific objectives:

  1. To design and develop online modules (Integrated Teaching E-learning Modules, ITEMs) for secondary school students in science and mathematics using a new model of course production.
  2. To organise a set of Teacher Training Courses (TTC) aimed at familiarising teachers with the management of these ITEMs in a classroom environment using an online/blended approach.
  3. To establish a joint infrastructure to facilitate sustainable accessibility to the ITEMS approach to schools as well as the exchange of scientific information.
  4. To monitor the dissemination, impact measurements and the quality assessment of the project within an Open Access environment.


Each of the ITEMS partners has a national webpage where the project materials are shown in the national language: see http://itemspro.net/?page_id=72.

Basic information

Country: Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain

Coordinator: CEFIRE, Spain, http://intercentres.edu.gva.es/cefire/03402231/index.asp

Programme: LLP

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Target groups: teachers

Topic: Astronomy, Environmental sciences, Maths, Physics

Start year: 2008

End year: 2010

Url: http://itemspro.net/

Contact person: Bernat Martínez Sebastià, cabernat (at) gmail.com

The goal of ITEMS is to increase students’ success and interest in science by improving teaching skills and by setting up the conditions for a change in teaching practice towards a more inquiry-based model using ICT.

ITEMS has designed and developed online modules (Integrated Teaching E-learning Modules, ITEMs) for secondary school students in maths and science, which are tested and analysed with 100 teachers and 2000 pupils in the partner countries.

Deliverables and report information will be available at a later stage.

The ITEMS partners have created Integrated Teaching E-learning Modules (ITEMs) for secondary school students on the following topics:

  • Astronomy, Geometry and Climate Change (created by CEFIRE, Spain)
  • Electricity (created by SLSS, Ireland)
  • Graphs (created by Gymnasium Isernhagen, Germany)
  • Linear functions (created by Gimnazija Poljane, Slovenia).


To help teachers bring the modules into the classroom, ITEMS has created online Teacher Training Courses (TTCs) for each module topic. These courses familiarize teachers with the management of the ITEMs in a classroom environment using an online/blended approach. Teachers can also use the course materials with their own students.

To be informed about upcoming courses, please visit http://itemspro.net/.

 

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