NA-MA POTI – Scientific and Mathematical Literacy: the Development of Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving


The main purpose of the national project is to develop and test pedagogical approaches and strategies for Scientific and Mathematical Literacy with promoting Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving and efficient use of ICT. It focuses on comprehensive and sustainable vertical and horizontal development of scientific, mathematical and other literacy (financial, digital, reading, media, etc.) of pupils/students from kindergartens, primary and secondary schools.

Main goals of the project are:

  • evolving and implementing pedagogical/didactic approaches and strategies (models) for developing scientific, mathematical and other literacy (financial, digital, media, reading, etc.) with the active participation of pupils
  • equipping and supporting teachers to implement critical thinking and interdisciplinary solving of complex authentic problems by using ICT, gamification and programming through cross-curricular cooperation
  • creating opportunities to develop students’ positive attitude to science and mathematics in a supportive environment (for students, teachers, heads of schools)
  • fostering teamwork of practitioners and experts at all education levels (kindergartens, schools, etc.) in development and implementation

Basic information

Country: Slovenia

Coordinator: National Education Institute Slovenia


Programme: Other

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Target groups: primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, vocational school students

Topic: Biology, Computer science, Chemistry, Environmental sciences, Food science, Information technology, Maths, Physics, Technology, Education, Other

Start year: 2016

End year: 2022


Contact person: Jerneja Bone, nama.poti (at)

  • proven examples of good practices, developed didactic approaches and pedagogical strategies for developing scientific and mathematical literacy, that contribute to the development of critical thinking and problem-solving
  • vertical (and horizontal) executive curricula for developing scientific and mathematical literacy within a single kindergarten or school
  • methodology and instruments for monitoring, measuring and evaluating pupils’ progress in scientific and mathematical literacy

Development of supportive environments for kindergartens, schools, teachers, head teachers, students with:

  • implementing team/study groups for teachers and head teachers and making a stronger connection between collaborative approaches for learning
  • supporting and encouraging teachers to reflect and practice
  • stimulating professional learning communities including teachers and head teachers of all levels of pre-university education in regional work sessions in which colleagues support colleagues.


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