Project goals

Combining science with society at school. That is the aim of the PARRISE project. In that way, young people feel more engaged in science, experiencing its societal impact. By becoming more scientifically literate, young citizens are better equipped to participate in the process of science innovation.

PARRISE  shares and improves best practices of professional development of science teachers for primary and secondary teachers across Europe. These best practices integrate two pedagogical approaches: inquiry-based science education (IBSE) and learning based on socio-scientific issues. This integrated approach is called Socio-Scientific Inquiry-Based Learning (SSIBL). The SSIBL approach introduces the challenges of Responsible Research and Innovation in education.

The overarching aim of the PARRISE project is to collect and share existing best practices across Europe. In addition, the project develops learning tools, materials and professional development courses for science teachers based on the SSIBL approach. PARRISE will build on recently developed IBSE insights and foster implementation of IBSE in educational practice.


The SSIBL framework

PARRISE promotes civic involvement in scientific research and innovation through activities in schools. Through teaching in schools we bring together responsible and collaborative public involvement in scientific research and innovation and an emphasis on social justice with inquiry through socio-scientific issues. We give this process the acronym SSIBL (Socio-Scientific Inquiry Based Learning).

SSIBL is a novel pedagogical framework which connects the study of socio-scientific issues, inquiry-based learning and citizen education. In its essence, is an ongoing development, blending together aspects of scientific inquiry which,oftentimes, have been examined in isolation.

This framework is directed to supporting teacher education both at the pre-service and in-service levels. In recognizing the importance and innovativeness of these approaches a scheme for scaffolding pedagogy has been incorporated so that teachers can build confidence together as they acquire the relevant skills.

  Project News
  • PARRISE YouTube channel Visit the PARRISE YouTube channel with videos about the PARRISE work at (click on the title to get to the link).
    Posted May 26, 2016, 1:20 AM by PARRISE CYPRUS
  • PARRISE Consortium Meeting 4 The 4th PARRISE Consortium Meeting is under way. Read about it in the News & Events section. 
    Posted May 25, 2016, 2:41 AM by PARRISE CYPRUS
  • PARRISE newsletter #4 You can find the fourth edition of the PARRISE newsletter here.  Read more to see the TPD efforts in different partner countries, learn about the mapping controversies approach, and hear ...
    Posted May 25, 2016, 1:22 AM by PARRISE CYPRUS
  • Cyprus TPD beginning on October 24, 2015 The first meeting of the PARRISE Cyprus Teacher Professional Development course is taking place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus.
    Posted Oct 23, 2015, 4:13 PM by PARRISE CYPRUS
  • PARRISE @ ESERA 2015 The PARRISE consortium has organized two symposia at ESERA 2015 ( The first one has taken place on Thursday, September 3, and was titled "Towards a socio-scientific ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2015, 8:55 AM by PARRISE CYPRUS
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