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The ESTABLISH project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Programme [FP7/2007-2013] under grant agreement no 244749.


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Creating authentic learning environments, by involving key scientific communities to drive change in the classroom.

The ESTABLISH project

ESTABLISH (European Science and Technology in Action: Building Links with Industry, Schools and Home) is a four year (2010-2013) project funded by the European Commission's Framework 7 Programme for Science in Society.  The overall objective of this project is to facilitate and implement an inquiry-based approach to science education for second level students (age 12-18 years) on a widespread scale across Europe by bringing together, within a collaborative environment, the specific key stakeholders in science education. 

Authentic Learning Environments

The aim of ESTABLISH is to create authentic learning environments for science education by bringing together and involving all the key communities in second level science education.  The ESTABLISH group of over 60 partners from 11 European countries are working with these key communities including science teachers and educators, the scientific and industrial communities, the young people and their parents, the policy makers responsible for science curriculum and assessment and the science education research community.
This collaboration has informed the development of the project's teaching and learning materials as well as educational supports for both in-service and pre-service teacher professional development designed to promote the use of Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) in classrooms across Europe.

Inquiry-based Science Education (IBSE)

There are many answers to the question "What is scientific inquiry?" which could be defined as both a teaching strategy or a learning goal.  Whatever the answer, it is describes an engaging constructivist learning approach, providing opportunities for students to search for and construct meaning from the real world and to reflect on experiences.