CEYS, Creativity in Early Years Science Education

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How can you train teachers to promote creativity and inquiry in their early years science classrooms? The team behind the Creative in Early Years Science Education (CEYS) project investigates this issue.

The Creative in Early Years Science Education (CEYS) project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme (2014-1-EL01-KA201-001644) of the European Union. CEYS develops a teacher development course and accompanying teaching materials to be used in European teachers' professional development to promote the use of creative approaches in teaching science in preschool and early primary education (3-8 year old children), within the frame of inquiry-based educational environments.

The approach developed by CEYS involves stakeholder communities, particularly teacher and teacher educators, in the iterative process of the design and evaluation of its materials. This ensures that its outputs are relevant and ready to be used in professional contexts across Europe. The overall aim of the CEYS project is to adapt, test, implement and disseminate a new training framework (including an appropriate curriculum, training activities that include good in-school practices, as well as a variety of supporting materials) that supports teachers’ training in using creativity and inquiry-based methods when teaching subjects in the field of science.

Basic information

Country: Belgium, Greece, Romania, United Kingdom

Coordinator: Ellinogermaniki Agogi, http://www.ea.gr/

Programme: Erasmus+

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Target groups: education authorities, researchers, teachers, trainee teachers, university lecturers

Topic: Education, Other

Start year: 2014

End year: 2017

Url: http://www.ceys-project.eu/

Contact person: Fani Stylianidou Email fani (at) ea.gr

The outputs of this project for researchers and teacher educators include:

  • A set of Curriculum Materials developed by teachers through action research, to be used in teachers’ training.
  • A Curriculum Development Guide, containing the curriculum development methodology carried out in the CEYS project and important lessons for schools or teacher training providers that wish to explore the potential of school-university partnerships in the context of continuous professional development in the field of early years/primary science.
  • The CEYS Training Course comprising twenty three-hour-long training modules.
  • The CEYS Training Guide and Scenarios of Use.
  • A Report on the Implementation and Validation of the Training Activities carried out as part of CEYS.

The outputs of this project for researchers and teacher educators include:

  • A set of Curriculum Materials developed by teachers through action research, to be used in teachers’ training.
  • A Curriculum Development Guide, containing the curriculum development methodology carried out in the CEYS project and important lessons for schools or teacher training providers that wish to explore the potential of school-university partnerships in the context of continuous professional development in the field of early years/primary science.
  • The CEYS Training Course comprising twenty three-hour-long training modules.
  • The CEYS Training Guide and Scenarios of Use.
  • A Report on the Implementation and Validation of the Training Activities carried out as part of CEYS.

 

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