The latest science education report (Science Education for Responsible Citizenship, European Commission 2015) drafted by experts for the European Commission outlines some very important insights and recommendations for STEM education in Europe.The report on science education for responsible citizenship continues to place emphasis on a focus that we have seen in education policies of the past years: the attention placed upon quality in teacher education, spanning pre-service education, induction and in particular, continuous teacher professional development (PD). In this respect the report also raises important questions on how to ensure, measure and evaluate quality in teacher professional development. In order to advance exchanges on improving the quality of teacher professional development, the report also calls for a European-wide exchange of knowledge, expertise and approaches through networks of science teacher educators and stakeholders in science education.

We are therefore proud that mascil contributes to advancing science education in Europe in line with the latest recommendations of the European Commission. In fact, we have been doing so for more than three years now – and with great success. In this and the following newsletter we would like to focus on some of our activities and offers that quite directly put the latest science education report recommendations into practice.

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