Topic/Area: Science, Mathematics education, General education and e-learning

Date released: 2013

Type of Best Practices

Partners / network

Thirteen countries represented by the partner universities and institutes of mascil:

University of Education Freiburg, Germany

Utrecht University, Netherlands

University of Jaén, Spain

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Hacettepe University, Turkey

Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Divulgación Dinámica S.L. (Dynamic Disclosure S.L.), Spain

University of Vienna, Austria

Vilnius University, Lithuania

The University of Nottingham, Great Britain

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

University of Münster, Germany

EDEX-Educational Excellence Corporation Limited, Cyprus

Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria

University of Kiel, Germany

Description of the methods/ approach

The project employed inquiry-based learning (IBL) as the main method which is defined as being inductive, student-centered and focused on creativity and collaboration (Doorman, 2011). IBL aims to develop and foster inquiring minds and attitudes that are vital for students to face and manage uncertain futures and earning is driven by open questions and multiple-solution strategies.


Mascil aims to promote a widespread use of inquiry-based science teaching (IBST) in primary and secondary schools. The major innovation of mascil is to connect IBST in school with the World of Work (WoW) making science more meaningful for young European students and motivating their interest in careers in science and technology.

Evaluation (results) of its effectiveness (if applicable)

Read the report about the evaluation results: Report about the formative and the summative evaluation of the project

Overview of the lessons learned which are relevant to the project

Teachers PD

Classroom material/ Repository

References/ online sources

For publication visit
Doorman, M. (2011). PRIMAS WP3 – Materials: Teaching and professional development materials for IBL (version 2). Netherlands.

Classroom material/ Repository

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