General Information

The Project “School Science Teaching by Project Orientation - Improving the Transition to University and the Labour Market for Boys and Girls (POPBL)” within the Sixth EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development aimed to show new ways of how to foster pupils’ interest in science by school science teaching.

Pupils in six different countries and within 11 different schools were exposed to a changed science teaching: POPBL - project organized and problem based learning.

  • POPBL science teaching proved to be a very effective way of evoking interest in science subjects, and for the building of self efficacy in learning science for pupils that are not otherwise close to science subjects.
  • The method can only be learned by teachers and pupils in an active manner. Phenomenon oriented and inquiry based learning is the fundament of POPBL teaching, which is to be learned by teachers and by pupils.
  • POPBL offers in addition to factual knowledge extra qualification in teamwork, in communication, presentation and in self-organization. That makes it very attractive regarding links to labour market transitions. School projects may additionally be involved and can be easily connected with enterprises and universities, thus attracting pupils to science careers.
  • POPBL encounters gender differences, offering a basis for adequate learning suitable to girls and boys: Here – especially in Middle Europe – POPBL makes sure that a solvable problem is found for the project that also suits girls' interests – which most schoolbooks do not do up until now. In the course of learning, they will experience success and therefore increase their self-efficacy for science. Both aspects together will lead to an enlarged interest in science subjects and science careers.

6 countries (CZ, D, DK, E, FIN, RO), 11+2 schools