ARTIST (Action Research to Innovate Science Teaching) is an Erasmus+ project that aims to innovate science education. The cyclical process of Action Research involves innovation, research, reflection and further improvement of the innovation approach. The type of Action Research in ARTIST is accompanied, participatory and teacher-centred in which the practitioners (i.e. teachers) lead the innovations. Teachers will create, implement, research, reflect on and improve their classroom innovations under the direction of science education researchers. ARTIST considers Action Research to be of the most promising strategies for innovating science education and creating evidence-based classroom practices.
In addition to generating knowledge and best practice strategies, ARTIST will contribute to the continuous professional development of teachers and teacher-educators. ARTIST will introduce science education researchers as well as secondary and tertiary level science teachers to the philosophy and methods of Action Research in order to create a foundation for research-based innovations in science education.
Additionally, ARTIST aims to improve the career opportunities of school students by raising motivation and achievement in science subjects. A unique feature of the ARTIST programme is the development of regional networks – each network consists of a Higher Education Institute (HEI), schools and industrial partners. The HEIs within ARTIST will provide the framework that facilitates dialogue between teachers and industry representatives to create innovate, authentic activities in science classrooms.
The HEIs involved in ARTIST are:
• University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
• Ilia State University, Tblisi, Georgia
• Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria
• SSPC, University of Limerick (UL), Limerick, Ireland
• The Academic Arab College for Education, Haifa, Israel
• Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
• Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Batumi, Georgia
• Oranim Academic College of Education, Haifa, Israel
• Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), Manila, Philippines
• De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
The role of SSPC, UL in the ARTIST programme is to provide expertise that enable the networks to be established. Both UL and SSPC have extensive experience in pre-service teacher education and building strong links with industry. The ARTIST team in UL will deliver training to Partner HEIs so that they can build and maintain their own regional networks. The UL team will also contribute to the local management and dissemination of the ARTIST project.
The ARTIST programme runs from 2016 to 2019.
Pictures of the ARTIST group meeting in Bremen, Vienna and attending the European Science Education Research Assoation (ESERA) 2017 Conference in Dublin this year.