VIA University College

Twin centre

VIA University College
Skejbyvej 1
8240 Risskov

Contact person

Martin Krabbe Sillasen
VIA University College
Department of teacher education
Nattergalevej 1
DK-8600 Silkeborg, Denmark

Phone: +45 8755 3101
Fax: +45 8755 3101

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VIA University College - short overview

VIA University College ( www.viauc.comHouse of Science (NVH: ) is a non-profit organization working to increase the interest in science and technology among children and youngsters in Denmark. The House of Science leads a large range of development projects with the overall aim of generating new knowledge, concepts and methods that can increase the quality and appeal of science teaching in primary and secondary schools. The House of Science has a strong focus on the co-operation between schools and industry as way to give pupils insight into the application of science as well as role models that can guide them in choice of further education and career. The House of Science offers in-service teacher training, conferences and science teaching for teachers and their classes within eg. Bio-technology, astronomy and crative science and technology.

Activities with the Fibonacci project

VIA University College and House of Science collaborate about implementing IBSME in schools at primary and lower-secondary levels through school development projects as our main activity. The characteristics of school development projects are that many teachers and the school-principal takes part in the project. Collaboration with schools will be established through partnerships. In a partnership activities are co-financed, and there has to be a negotiation about what the outcome of the development project should be for all partners. Partnerships might involve private enterprises as third parties. We plan to involve private enterprises in school development projects, and ask them to contribute to developing science and math teaching though inquiry. This might involve that classes visit companies as part of their teaching-learning experience. Designing school development projects involves five main activities:

  • Initial contact to schools that might be interested
  • Negotiating the overall objectives of the development project
  • Planning and implementing IBSE in the teaching practice
  • Evaluating the process and outcome
  • Negotiating and planning how to ensure continuation of IBSE after the development process is terminated

In phase one we implement IBSME in three schools.

In phase two we plan to implement IBSME in 10-20 schools.

In phase three we will dissiminate IBSME in 30-50 schools.

Information about this project in Danish

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