Public reports

The original reports (deliverables) are in English. In addition, the kidsINNscience consortium updated and translated some of these deliverables to make them available also in German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

For material for teachers please scroll down!

Scan of innovative practices

Innovative methods in learning of science and technology - National findings and international comparison
is a collection of about 80 innovative practices where some key aspects of innovation in science education, such as inquiry based learning, gender aspects and cultural diversity, were included. A selection of these innovative practices in science education is being made suitable for national circumstances and concrete actions which requires development of new teaching materials.

Translated versions - German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

In order to enhance the usefullness of this huge document, the consortium decided to revise the Scan according to the innovative practices carried out in and provided by the respective countries who join the same languages.
As a matter of fact, the content and structure of the German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese versions slightly differ from each other.

Adaptations of innovative practices

These adapted innovative practices form the basis material of the field trials, a core part of the project: the adapted innovations are tested in selected schools and/or training courses in each of the participating countries. The Report on Adaptations of Innovative Practices in Science Education can be downloaded here. The Annex Teaching materials of this report shows the variety of innovative practices to be used for teaching and learning within the field of science education.
The kidsINNscience-team thanks the institutions, schools, authors and teachers for providing the detailed and well described information on their innovative practices!

Field trials

The documentation of the field trials is confidential. Here you find project information focussing on ethic issues within the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the field trials.

National contexts and innovative practices in Science Education. A Comparative Report.

This report completes and enriches the reflections proposed in the Scan of innovative practices where 80 innovative practices have been collected and analyzed by means of general ‘quality criteria’. It also takes into account the findings in Report on Adaptations of Innovative Practices in Science Education where the process of choice and adaptation of innovative practices has been summarized. It gives an insight into the main difficulties and challenges for developping and disseminating science educational innovations.
The report describes national contexts taking into account:

  • International Educational Data bases, such as the OECD and the UNESCO Educational Indicators,
  • the results of International Surveys on Science Education and Science Teaching, such as PISA 2009 and 2006, TALIS 2008, TIMSS 2007,
  • the National Reports produced by the participating countries of the Consortium.

Download the report here.

Evaluation Report of Field Trials

During the school years 2010/11 and 2011/12 more than 180 teachers and 4100 learners - from pre-primary to upper secondary level and teacher education - were involved in the field trials. A broad range of subjects was covered when transferring and implementing innovative practices from other partner countries to the national and local context. Find the Evaluation Report of the Field Trials here.
Special thanks to all the pupils, teachers and other persons who supported the field trials and who were open for new and innovative paths in S&T education!

Strategies to facilitate innovative education in Science & Technology

In this document, the project team recommends seven main patterns for structural change towards innovative s&t education in mainstream schools. Discussions on quality criteria in innovative s&t education and an ongoing process of exchange of experiences of the field trials which merged in the evaluation have resulted in a number of general strategies for innovating teaching and learning science.

Material for teachers

Here you find further material to realise INNOVATIVE PRACTICES (IP). As a starting point, we recommend to use the Scan of Innovative Practices (above) in English or the translated versions. You first find the name of the IP as it appears in the English version of the Scan and the pages, then the name of the translated documents and material.

Contact persons for teaching material in German language
Switzerland: Dr. Christine Gerloff-Gasser, christine.gerloff[at]
Austria: Nadia Prauhart, prauhart[at]

Potatoes don't grow on trees (p.4-6)


Kartoffeln wachsen nicht auf Bäumen
Deutschsprachige Unterlagen - siehe auch deutsche Version des Scans (S.16-19)

Multimodal Explanation on Nervous System in Childhood Education (p.9-11)

Multimodale Erklärung des Nervensystems in der Vorschule
Deutschsprachige Unterlagen - siehe auch deutsche Version des Scans (S.20-23)

updated: 2.12.2013
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