Although it has a long history in the University’s tradition, the
Science Education Center has a relatively short official history.
Established in 2000, the Science Education Center is dedicated to improving
science teaching and learning in schools and to the concomitant generation
as well as the communication of knowledge about science instruction and
learning. The Center accomplishes its mission through active collaboration
among scientists, science educators and school-based teachers. The
University Council’s deliberation established the Center as an autonomous
unit of the University to deal specifically with matters relating to science
teaching and learning in schools.
In collaboration with other academic units or with the University,
the Center offers two degree programs in science education at the master and
doctoral level. English is the medium of instruction and dissertations are
written in English. These programs provide leadership in science education
through research and development, academic courses, general professional
courses and content-specific professional courses.
Of the many activities the Center has engaged in, most are primarily
intended to develop research programs directed at curriculum development and
inquiry-based science instruction and learning, support school science
instruction and learning, communicate the results of research and
development projects, and help graduate students with research grants and
training at foreign universities.