The Institute of Instructional and School Development (IUS) of the Klagenfurt University (UNI-KLU) is an Austrian Educational Competence Centre (AECC). The IUS is part of the School of Education (SOE) (http://ius.uni-klu.ac.at). Its field of operation is the development of and research on educational practice, schools and educational systems.
The following presents the largest departmental projects, however, there are various other research and development projects (in the areas of instructional and school development as well as Education for Sustainable Development) pursued at the IUS. The IUS conducts the national large-scale project IMST (Innovations in Mathematics, Science and Technology Teaching) which aims at improving instruction in mathematics, science, IT and related subjects. The focus is on students’ and teachers’ learning. The project involves about 6000 teachers across all Austria who participate in projects, attend conferences or cooperate in regional and thematic networks. The IMST-programme Regional and Thematic Networks supports and researches regional networks in all nine Austrian provinces, five thematic networks and 18 Regional Competence Centres. Within the IMST-Fund, teachers put innovative instructional projects into practice and get support in terms of content, organisation and finances. In the programme Examination Culture, teachers reflect their forms of assessment in various seminars. Gender Sensitivity and Gender Mainstreaming are important principles of the project, and their implementation is supported by the Gender Network. In order to investigate the impacts of IMST, evaluation and research is integrated on all levels. (http://imst.uni-klu.ac.at, German).
Another focus is Education for Sustainable in which the institute and especially involved staff has experiences. One of the longlasting co-operation is with the ENSI programme (www.ensi.org). The IUS is also partner of other current EC-projects like PROFILES (http://ius.uni-klu.ac.at/misc/profiles/articles/view/29 FIBONACCI (www.fibonacci-project.eu), CoDes (www.comenius-codes.eu).