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Pathway project


Following the recommendations of the 'Science Education Now: A renewed Pedagogy for the Future of Europe' report, the Pathway Supporting Action is bringing together experts in the field of science education research and teachers' communities, scientists and researchers involved in pioneering scientific research, policy makers and curriculum developers to promote the effective widespread use of inquiry and problem based science teaching techniques in primary and secondary schools in Europe and beyond.

Approaching Inquiry-Based Science Education

The proposed approach is based on three main axes that could facilitate the uptake of IBSE (Inquiry-Based Science Education): It

  • proposes a standard-based approach to teaching science by inquiry that outlines instructional models that will help teachers to organise effectively their instruction,
  • deploys a series of methods to motivate teachers to adopt inquiry based techniques and activities in their classrooms and
  • offers access to a unique collection of open educational resources and teaching practices (linked with the science curricula) that have proven their efficiency and efficacy in promoting inquiry based education and that are expanding the limitations of classroom instruction.

Such an approach enables all stakeholders (teachers, teachers' trainers, curriculum developers, policy-makers) to examine their own practices in the light of the best performing approaches that set the standards on what can be achieved and provides them with a unique tool to bring about improvements in their everyday practice.

For more information see or contact: Mark Winterbottom