UPDATE for Technology Education
Innovative European Research Project starts with 16 Partners in eleven Countries
The research programme UPDATE wants to improve science and technology teaching in Europe. In future it will provide best practises and new learning material to attract more young people, especially girls, to technology.
UPDATE stands for Understanding and Providing a Developmental Approach to Technology Education. The innovative aspect of UPDATE is that the approach includes a strong focus on early childhood and primary education, phases in which the attitudes are often formed. From this understanding, it might be too late to start raising interest only at secondary or later stages The UPDATE project's aim is threefold:
to examine why girls drop out from technology education at different stages of their education
to create new ways and educational methods to make the image of technology and technological careers more attractive for both girls and boys
to promote, encourage and mobilise especially girls and young women for engineering and technology both as a career, and as active users of modern technology The multinational European project consortium of UPDATE consists of members from Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, Slovakia, Estonia and Romania.
The research project UPDATE is funded by the European Commission with € 922,300 for the next three years. The project will be part of the Sixth Framework Programme of the EC.
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