The overall goal of the ELITe project is to support teachers’ professional learning for competence development, targeting specifically in-service educators in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) domain. Higher Education and Research Institutions from Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, one EU association and one network collaborate in the project in order to develop, deploy, evaluate and disseminate an innovative approach for STEM teachers’ professional learning via inquiry methodology.
One tangible outcome of the project will be the development of an evidence-based framework for teacher’s competence development that intends to inform curriculum design for secondary teachers’ continuous professional development. Teachers leaning activities -that will inform the development of the framework- will take place via the inquiry based learning (IBL) methodology, by the use of an on-line platform for facilitating personal and collaborative inquiry learning, developed in the frame of the weSPOT project (under FP7 framework). The learning activities of the teachers will be structured around themes and scenarios that reflect the needs and interests of teachers as evident from recent EU large scale surveys– among others being: dealing with diversity and inclusion, fostering students’ achievement, teaching cross-curricula skills, students’ career guidance, teachers’ parents relationships and approaches to individualized learning.