The aim of the European Science Education Academy is to set the pathway toward a standard-based approach to teaching science by inquiry, to create innovative professional development and training programs and to disseminate advanced methods and exemplary cases to further explore and exploit the unique benefits of the proposed approach in science teaching. At the core of the ESEA overall goal and strategy is its teacher’s professional development programme. The programme is focusing on science teachers, instructional leaders and curriculum developers. Facilitating the Inpsiring Science Education resources (a series of guidelines, scenarios of practice, tools, online labs and show cases from the numerous European schools) the programme aims to support participants to introduce innovative aspects in their school settings.
ESEA training activities are specifically designed for teaching professionals in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The common objectives of ESEA training activities are to introduce teachers to implementing inquire based science education, as well as resource based and project-based teaching approaches. Furthermore, teachers and education professionals will be trained in linking those approaches with the numerous collections of open digital educational resources, in order to design educational scenarios by repurposing existing ICT and online based tools.
More specifically, the objectives are: