image National Measures taken by 16 of European Schoolnet’s Member Countries. Within the framework of the Spice project of which it is coordinator, and at the request of its Steering Committee, European Schoolnet (EUN) undertook a comparative analysis of the main, recent Maths, Science and Technology (MST) initiatives, policy actions and reforms in 16 EUN member countries, based on voluntary information provided in answer to a questionnaire.

This report shows that two actions are at the heart of the drive to make MST studies and professions a more popular option for young learners: the development of effective and attractive Maths, Science and Technology (MST) curricula and teaching methods, and improved teacher education and professional development. Some countries have implemented national strategies and others have set up dedicated national, regional, or local centres. These centres aim to improve the quality of MST teaching, and sometimes more particularly, to increase science and technology’s popularity (also achieved through campaigns and competitions). This holistic approach usually includes all MST subjects, covers the lifelong learning span and involves the government, educational sector and industry.

Caroline Kearney
educational authorities, policy makers, researchers, teachers
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