Open Distance Learning Training Centre

APRIL 2007


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:

  1. to examine why girls drop out from technology education at different stages of their education

  2. to create new ways and educational methods to make the image of technology and technological careers more attractive for both girls and boys

  3. 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.

 Project partners and contact persons:

University of Jyväskylä

Finland

http://www.jyu.fi/

Dr. Aki Rasinen

Dr. Marja Kankaanranta

Dr. Leena Turja

Mrs Päivi Fadjukoff

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

http://www.glasgow.ac.uk/

John R. Dakers

Wendy Dow

IUFM University Institute for Teacher Training of Aix-Marseille

France

http://www.aix-mrs.iufm.fr/

Prof. Jacques Ginestié

"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi

Romania

http://www.uaic.ro/

Prof. Dr. Doina Balahur

Ovidius University Constanta

Romania

http://www.univ-ovidius.ro/imim/

Prof. Ph.D. Valentina Pomazan

vpomazan[at]umv-ovidius.ro

University of Tallinn

Estonia

http://www.tlu.ee/

Mr. Mart Soobik

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences

Ada-Lovelace-Mentoring-Association

Germany

http://www.fh-dortmund.de/

Prof. Dr. Sylvia Neuhäuser-Metternich

neumett[at]fh-dortmund.de

University of Koblenz

Ada-Lovelace-Project

Germany

http://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/

Dr. Martina Endepohls-Ulpe

endepohl[at]uni-koblenz.de

FCRI Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation

Spain

http://www.fcri.es/

Dr. Jordi Mas

manuel.laporta[at]fcri.es

Competence Centre Technology-Diversity-Equal Chances

Germany

http://www.kompetenzz.de/

Dr. Ursula Köhler

Mrs. Carmen Ruffer

update[at]kompetenzz.de

Institute of Philosophy at the Bratislava Slovak Academy of Sciences

Slovakia

http://www.klemens.sav.sk/fiusav/index_en.php

Prof. Tatiana Sedová

filotana[at]savla.sk

State College of Education in Vienna

Austria

http://www.pabw.at

Prof. Christine Hahn

hac[at]pabw.at

Regional Institute for Educational Research Marche

Italy

http://www.irre.marche.it

Prof. Cristina Pavisic

cristina_pavisi[at]hotmail.com

Aristotle University

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering

Greece

http://isag.meng.auth.gr/home.html

Prof. Dr.Eng. Kostas Karatzas

kkara[at]eng.auth.gr

University Complutense de Madrid

Spain

http://www.ucm.es/

Dr. Jesus Pintor

jpintor[at]vet.ucm.es

Prof. Maria Asuncion Peral Cerda

IDEC S.A

Greece

http://www.idec.gr/

Ms. Xenia Chronopoulou

xenia[at]idec.gr

 For further information please contact the above mentioned project partners