The Centre for Science Education within the Faculty of Science and Technology
The Centre for Science Education within the Faculty of Science and Technology is the only research Centre for science education in Estonia.
The Centre has two professors, 14 PhD students and a number of international scholars. Besides research activities, the Centre is involved in teaching pre-service teachers and in conducting in-service teacher courses at interdisciplinary levels and in the separate science subjects. The science teacher training programs include courses conducted in partnership with industry and science centers.
The Centre has chaired a number of research projects between the three major universities in Estonia for example on sustainability of science education at all levels and, most recently, on gymnasium student’s scientific literacy.
Centre has a long traditions of collaborating with Finnish universities such as the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland.
The Centre staff has been heavily involved in developing teaching-learning materials in Estonia (including on-line materials and MOOC-s), has published 5 books and produced resources for UNESCO, based on IBSE related material-writing workshops in a range of countries. The Centre has been the national coordinating center for more than 7 European projects and. chairs the ongoing network for collaboration in science education and is leading developments in assessment within science education for the Ministry of Education.