University of Tartu

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University of Tartu - short overview

The University of Tartu started the implementation of inquiry based method of learning and teaching in 2002 at different levels of education. Innovative active learning methods have been developed under the supervision of different units of the University of Tartu. The Faculty of Physics and Chemistry has actively participated in different commissions at the Ministry of Research and Education of Estonia dealing with science curricula for all levels of education (pre-, elementary, secondary and high school). Many special courses on inquiry method are introduced into the teacher education curriculum (in-service and pre-service teachers). Trainers provide high quality training to teachers who are interested in new approachs in science education.

Excellence in inquiry-based science education approach

IBSE successfully implemented in a large number of classes

Tartu as the seed city in the Pollen project has introduced IBSE in 16 pre- and primary schools and the method was successfully implemented in 34 classes. All over Estonia the interest towards inquiry-based hands-on science approach has grown in the last years : 43 additional classes have now started the IBSME method during the school year 2007-2008 mainly in Middle and Southern part of Estonia.

Outstanding experience in training and know-how transfer

Official link with a national or regional institution of reference working in science education