Dr. Isolde Kreis
A-9010 Klagenfurt, Austria
Phone: +43 2700 6135
The Institute of Instructional and School Development (IUS) of the Klagenfurt University is an Austrian Educational Competence Centre (AECC). Its field of operation is the development of and research on educational practice, schools and educational systems. It incorporates the derived insights in teaching and counselling. A key issue is the interrelation between research and teacher education.
Teachers, teacher educators and other contributors to the field of education are supported in their professional development by innovative programmes. These interventions are evaluated and investigated. The insights gained are communicated to the national and international community of educators and educational researchers.
The support in the development of professionalization is considered a reflective process. This implies and at the same time enhances self-monitoring and individual responsibility. Diversity, sustainability and reflection are regarded as principles that are as important as cooperation and networking among the persons and institutions involved in any developmental process.
This results in an interdisciplinary mode of operation; the IUS is open for different scientific paradigms. In addition to classical qualitative and quantitative research, we foster action research. The discussion about internal and external points of view is regarded as a basic presupposition for learning in social systems. Accordingly, great importance is attached to an open dialogue between academic research, school authorities and practitioners.
For further information see: http://ius.uni-klu.ac.at/english.php
Activities within the Fibonacci project
The Fibonacci activities in Austria will be closely tied in with our experiences with IMST. The consultations and discussions with other Centers will rest foremost on the expertise we were able to acquire while running the IMST project for the last 10 years.
However, Fibonacci allows us to increase our scope in working with teachers; building on the existing regional networks and in collaboration with them, we reach out to 25 classrooms located in two regional networks (and even more specific, in three districts), to foster inquiry based learning in the classroom practices of those teachers. In that, we are again drawing on our experience of supporting teachers to take an action research stance at their own classroom practices. We will guide them to look at the implementation of inquiry based learning in their classrooms, or offer them materials and support to install such practices.
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