Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

£3 Million Investment For Future Of Science And Mathematics Education

13.05.2008
Ever increasingly, the future of the UK relies on a knowledge-based economy with career opportunities in new technologies and innovative businesses rapidly replacing our more traditional industries.

Yet, less and less young people are taking up places on degree courses in Mathematics and Science based subjects that will be vital to them if they want to work in these new industries.

As part of a commitment to find new ways to encourage children and young people to greater achievement and understanding of Science and Mathematics related subjects, the Economic & Social Research Council, in partnership with other Research Councils, the Institute of Physics, Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Gatsby Foundation will be investing £3 million to fund 5 projects across the UK.

The projects will also be supported by various other organisations, including the Association for Science Education.

Focusing across the secondary school age range, these projects will consider issues such as the use of a range of different media within classrooms, curriculum reform, classroom organisation and assessment methods, and look to develop effective interventions to enhance student engagement.

The five projects being funded are from:

• Kings College, Education & Professional Studies Department - two projects
• Institute of Education, Mathematics Science and Technology Department
• University of Leeds, School of Education
• University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
The importance of these areas was recently highlighted in “The Race to the Top” a review of the Government’s Science & Innovation policies by Lord Sainsbury in October 2007 who highlighted the importance of a continuing flow of talented students into STEM subjects. The report promoted the need for society to be enthused and excited by science, where science is understood and its value recognised. A key message was the need to drive up the supply of highly trained scientists and engineers.

The original call for proposals was issued in January 2007, following consultation with key organisations and experts in the field and follows the identification of science and mathematics as a key area for support within the ESRC’s ‘Education for Life’ priority.

Professor Ian Diamond, Chief Executive of the ESRC, commented: “I am delighted at this announcement and the opportunity that this co-funding initiative will bring. The successful projects will make a significant impact on a range of policy and practices for science and mathematics learning.”

Danielle Moore | alfa
Further information:
http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk

More articles from Science Education:

nachricht How Humans and Machines Navigate Complex Situations
19.11.2018 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

nachricht A gene activated in infant and young brains determines learning capacity in adulthood
13.11.2018 | Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf

All articles from Science Education >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Explosion on Jupiter-sized star 10 times more powerful than ever seen on our sun

A stellar flare 10 times more powerful than anything seen on our sun has burst from an ultracool star almost the same size as Jupiter

  • Coolest and smallest star to produce a superflare found
  • Star is a tenth of the radius of our Sun
  • Researchers led by University of Warwick could only see...

Im Focus: Quantum simulation more stable than expected

A localization phenomenon boosts the accuracy of solving quantum many-body problems with quantum computers which are otherwise challenging for conventional computers. This brings such digital quantum simulation within reach on quantum devices available today.

Quantum computers promise to solve certain computational problems exponentially faster than any classical machine. “A particularly promising application is the...

Im Focus: Largest, fastest array of microscopic 'traffic cops' for optical communications

The technology could revolutionize how information travels through data centers and artificial intelligence networks

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have built a new photonic switch that can control the direction of light passing through optical fibers...

Im Focus: A long-distance relationship in femtoseconds

Physicists observe how electron-hole pairs drift apart at ultrafast speed, but still remain strongly bound.

Modern electronics relies on ultrafast charge motion on ever shorter length scales. Physicists from Regensburg and Gothenburg have now succeeded in resolving a...

Im Focus: Researchers 3D print metamaterials with novel optical properties

Engineers create novel optical devices, including a moth eye-inspired omnidirectional microwave antenna

A team of engineers at Tufts University has developed a series of 3D printed metamaterials with unique microwave or optical properties that go beyond what is...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Revered mathematicians and computer scientists converge with 200 young researchers in Heidelberg!

17.04.2019 | Event News

First dust conference in the Central Asian part of the earth’s dust belt

15.04.2019 | Event News

Fraunhofer FHR at the IEEE Radar Conference 2019 in Boston, USA

09.04.2019 | Event News

 
Latest News

New automated biological-sample analysis systems to accelerate disease detection

18.04.2019 | Life Sciences

Explosion on Jupiter-sized star 10 times more powerful than ever seen on our sun

18.04.2019 | Physics and Astronomy

New eDNA technology used to quickly assess coral reefs

18.04.2019 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>