2. Project Meeting

The second project meeting was held at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) from the 17th to the 20th February 2020. During the project meeting the results of the interviews were discussed and transnational conclusions were drawn. The formats of open experimentation and possibilities of differentiation were discussed in workshops taking into consideration the applicability in the school context. The results made it possible to structure the manual that is currently being written.

Lesson Observations

From the 17th to the 20th February 2020, the members of the participating universities and four teachers from Germany, Austria and Cyprus met at the Vaajakumpu School in Finland to observe lessons of the Finnish teachers. The teaching observations in biology, chemistry, physics and geography, which amounted to nine in total, allowed all participants to gain an insight into science teaching and school life at a Finnish school. The impressions and results gained in the reflections of the lesson observations showed possibilities of differentiation, and respectively revealed unresolved challenges in the development of the differentiation concept.

Interviews

In the interval between the 1st and 2nd project meeting (01.11.2019 – 16.02.2020) the project members of the universities conducted and evaluated interviews at the participating Schools.

Kick-off Meeting Heidelberg

On 31.10. and 01.11.2019 the kick-off meeting of the project took place in Heidelberg (Germany).

Aims of the kick-off meeting were:

(1) Start with the developing of the differentiation concept (part of Intellectual Output 1)

(2) Planning the manual (Intellectual Output 1)

(3) Developing a semi-structured interview to analyse the possibilities and limitations of supporting differentiation activities in inquiry-based learning with a focus on experimentation at school

 

During the meeting details of the differentiation concept were discussed (What exactly is an experiment? Which steps are included in the inquiry-cycle?), concrete dates for the project meetings and classroom observations were arranged, criteria of the classroom observations discussed and an interview guide for the semi-structured interviews was developed.

Members of the project meeting were: Pasi Nieminen (University Jyväskyla, Finland), Antti Lehtinen (University Jyväskyla, Finland), Iris Schiffl (University Salzburg Austria), Lisa Virtbauer (University Salzburg, Austria), Nikoletta Xenofontos (University of Cyprus), Marios Papaevripidou (University of Cyprus), Martina Schuhknecht (Gemeinschaftsschule Innenstadt Ludwigsburg, partner school in Germany), Susanne Rohrmann (University of Education Heidelberg, Germany), Armin Baur (University of Education Heidelberg, Germany)