Centre for Science and Technology Education
From children's play to scientific experiments
The projects of the Centre for Science and Technology Education are oriented to balancing playing and experimenting, the child and standards of science education, theory and practice.
The Centre networks with teachers, school students, parents, educators and researchers. We primarily engage in research and development. In addition we engage with basic and continuing education, provide services and conduct evaluations. Current projects include a tri-national video study on the teaching of physics in Finland, Germany and Switzerland; HarmoS Science; multi-subject teaching; and internal differentiation in the teaching of physics. Projects exploring teaching development include SWiSE (Swiss Science Education), while service-oriented projects include consultancy on installing school laboratories and trade fair stands; developing new syllabuses; and designing new curricula as well as scientific and technical learning materials. Our projects cover all ages, from kindergarten and compulsory schooling stages to the gymnasium, vocational training and higher education levels as well as extracurricular education. The disciplines we cover include the standard taught subjects of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as general sciences and integrated subjects such as natural history and 'man, society and the environment', plus engineering, sustainable development, environmental education, and health promotion.