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 newsletter #5 You can find the fifth edition of the PARRISE newsletter here.  Read through our fifth project-wide newsletter to discover how the PARRISE project is progressing. In this newsletter you ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 12:37 AM by PARRISE CYPRUS
  • Cyprus PARRISE TPD public event on June 11, 2016 The Cyprus PARRISE team will be concluding its 2015-16 Teacher Professional Development programme with a public presentation of the programme and its outcomes on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2016, 4:28 PM by PARRISE CYPRUS
  • Southampton 2015-16 TPD course concluding The last session of the University of Southampton TPD for 2015-16 with pre-service science teachers, will take place on June 15th at the Lifelab facility (http://www ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2016, 10:25 AM by PARRISE CYPRUS
  • 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 took place from May 24-May 27, 2016 in Vienna. Read about it in the News section. 
    Posted May 30, 2016, 1:52 PM by PARRISE CYPRUS
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