The Fibonacci Project - First European Conference
"Raising Awareness about Inquiry Based Science and Mathematics Education in Europe"
21-22 September 2010, Bayreuth, Germany
The conference was organized by the University of Bayreuth in cooperation with La main à la pâte (French Academy of Sciences, INRP, ENS Paris).
General description of the conference
European authorities and the international scientific community acknowledge the major importance of Inquiry-Based Science and Mathematics Education (IBSME) to develop an integrated strategy for scientific literacy and awareness from primary to secondary school, raising interest for science and reinforcing scientific careers.
The International Conference Bayreuth 2010 was seen as the starting conference of the Fibonacci Project. Its objectives were:
- Raising a broad awareness around the project objectives, involving in particular the scientific community,
- Arousing interest among entities seeking to gain experience into inquiry-based science and mathematics education,
- Emphasizing the role of learning environments,
- Bridging the gap between IBSME theory and practice,
- Organizing networks of cooperation for inquiry-based mathematics and science education.
About 170 international educationalists, scientists, teachers, policy makers, stakeholders and the interested public participated in the conference.
- Dusan Sidjanski: European cultural heritage and the role of science and mathematics
- David Jasmin: Presentation of the Fibonacci Project
- Ulrich Trottenberg: Mathematical education meets reality and future
- Pierre Léna: Science for all, a reasonable goal?
- Ludwig Spaenle: Mathematics and science education - a key factor for our future
- Günter M. Ziegler: How can mathematics solve problems?
- Wynne Harlen: Implementing inquiry-based learning in science education
- Michèle Artigue: Science, mathematics and ICT
- Agueda Gras-Velazquez: Presentation of Scientix
- Deepening the specificities of scientific inquiry in mathematics
- Deepening the specificities of scientific inquiry in natural sciences
- Implementing and expanding a reference centre
- Cross disciplinary approaches
- Using the external environment of the school
- ICT and virtual environment for science education
- ICT and virtual environment for mathematics education
- Involving the private sector (foundations and companies) in science and mathematics education
- Transition from primary to secondary school
- Arts and inquiry-based science and mathematics education