University of Leicester

Reference centre

Logo of IGB at University of Leicester

University of Leicester
School of Education
21, University Road
Leicester LE1 7RF

Contact person

Professor Tina Jarvis
University of Leicester
21, University Road
Leicester LE1 7RF

Phone: +44 1162523659

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University of Leicester - short overview

  • Based on research
  • Uses a constructivist inquiry-based science education approach
  • Practical with high levels of pupil participation
  • Uses strong links with schools
  • Includes liaison with science centres, museums and industry eg UK National Space Centre

Activities within the Fibonacci project

Approximately 25 local teachers and their classes will work with the Leicester Reference Centre. Teachers will be chosen because they already have expertise in IBSE and /or mathematics. They will trial new material, particularly exploring ways of relating mathematics and science, in their classes.

We will set out to explore how to

  • Explore creative practical approaches to link mathematics and science & other subjects such as literacy, history, geography etc.
  • Plan progression and continuity of concepts and skills within a cross-curricular approach
  • Promote transfer from primary to secondary education where secondary science teachers give subject expertise and primary teachers give pedagogical knowledge of making literacy links and using realistic contexts for science.

Other related projects

We have been exploring factors that make good in-service education for many years. In 1999-2000 a two-year in-service programme provided 70 teachers and 2000 pupils with IBSME training in Leicester City. Pollen and Fibonacci continue this established tradition.

100 teachers participated in the Pollen Project which developed IBSME with the additional focus of cross-curricular studies in a community context. Links have been made to: literacy, sport, art, history, geography, mathematics and religious education.

Some Pollen schools are now able to host and demonstrate the innovative investigative science to EU visitors. In England all primary teachers teach science and are expected to develop investigative skills. Classrooms are relatively well equipped with science and mathematical equipment. Computers and electronic equipments, such as cameras and microscopes, are used. Data logging is used to support investigations. (Kit boxes are not needed.) The majority of schools in Leicester have high numbers of non-Caucasian children who speak many languages other than English.