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Keynote by Harrie Eijkelhof (Utrecht University) at International Summit \"Dutch Experience\"

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    • Strengthening links between secondary schools and universities: the case of Utrecht University Harrie Eijkelhof Faculty of Science Utrecht University
    • Outline
      • Utrecht University & Faculty of Science
      • Links before 2003
      • Faculty policy towards links with schools
      • Links after 2003
      • Conclusions
    • Location of Utrecht
    • Utrecht University
      • Founded in 1636
      • Broad university with seven faculties
        • Medicine
        • Veterinary
        • Arts
        • Social Science
        • Law and Economics
        • Earth Science
        • Science
      • 29 000 students (bachelor and master)
      • 7 000 staf members
      • www.uu.nl
    • Faculty of Science
      • Six departments
        • Physics and Astronomy
        • Chemistry
        • Biology
        • Mathematics
        • Farmaceutical Science
        • Computer Science
      • Seven bachelor programmes (2700 students)
      • 35 Master programmes (1200 students)
      • 15 Research Institutes
      • www.science.uu.nl
    • Links faculty-schools before 2003
      • Chairs in physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology education
      • Thirty years of curriculum development in mathematics and physics
      • Outreach of laboratory experiments in chemistry and physics (mobile and at campus)
      • Organisation of national two-day conferences for teachers
      • Masterprogrammes
        • Teacher training
        • Communication and informal education
        • Research and curriculum development
    • Faculty policy towards secondary and bachelor education
      • Increase the quantity and quality of bachelor students
      • Improve the quality of bachelor education
      • Contribute to high quality science and mathematics education at secondary school level:
        • Curricula
        • Professional development of teachers
      • Increase the number of secondary teachers in science and mathematics
    • New initiatives since 2003
      • Junior College Utrecht
    • Junior College Utrecht
      • Cooperation between Faculty of Science and 26 schools in the Utrecht region
      • Involves 100 students per year
      • All science and math subjects taught at university (for two years, two days/week)
      • Regular curriculum Chem, Bio, Math, Phys and much more
        • additional topics
        • participation in competitions
        • research in university groups
        • excursion to CERN
      • School teachers and university staff involved
    • Outreach Activities JCU
      • New modules first taught in College by experts
      • Revised version trialled in partner schools
      • Final version available for all schools in NL
      • Professional development activities for teachers of partner schools
      • Some modules will be taught at the university for a larger number of other students from partner schools
    • Examples of JCU modules
      • Ice and climate
      • Geoscience
      • Complex currents
      • Molecules in life
      • Life cycle of stars
      • Dynamic modelling
      • Diophantic equations
      • Particle physics
      • http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =SEju70HOYQY
    • Main Experiences JCU
      • Most students get excited by Junior College and start to make a real effort
      • (so far usually not their habit)
      • Students become more independent thinkers and gain a great deal of confidence
      • College study climate very important: mutually stimulating
      • 85% opt for a science and technology study
      • (50% at UU, rest elsewhere)
      • Schools incorporate JCU materials and experiences
      • (if not: end of partnership)
    • New initiatives since 2003
      • Junior College Utrecht
      • Participation in curriculum development in physics, chemistry, biology, math, NLT
    • NLT (Advanced SMT)
        • Aims:
          • challenging science oriented students (age 16-18)
          • showing current developments in science and technology in outside world
          • offering view on science and technology careers
        • Contributions from a variety of disciplines: Phys, Chem, Bio, Math, Comp Sc, Earth Sc
        • To be taught by a team of teachers with a variety of backgrounds
        • 60 modules developed by mixed teams
        • e.g. JCU-modules
        • www.betavak-nlt.nl
    • New initiatives since 2003
      • Junior College Utrecht
      • Participation in curriculum development in physics, chemistry, biology, math, NLT
      • Participation in a national PhD-programme for 20 science and math school teachers DUDOC
      • Masterclasses for pupils and teachers
      • 30 students as school assistants
      • Regional support centre for school teachers
      • International summer school on science and math education research 17-21 August 2009
    • Future of linking schools - universities
      • Activities should be beneficial for all parties:
    • Future of linking schools - universities
      • Activities should be beneficial for all parties:
        • School teachers remain up to date in their subject
        • School curricula will become more dynamic
    • Future of linking schools - universities
      • Activities should be beneficial for all parties:
        • School teachers remain up to date in their subject
        • School curricula will become more dynamic
        • Pupils are challenged by experiences at university
        • Pupils are better prepared for higher education
    • Future of linking schools - universities
      • Activities should be beneficial for all parties:
        • School teachers remain up to date in their subject
        • School curricula will become more dynamic
        • Pupils are challenged by experiences at university
        • Pupils are better prepared for higher education
        • University staff remains up-to date on school teaching
        • University staff could show enthusiasm for their fields
        • University staff could learn from experienced school teachers
    • Future of linking schools - universities
      • Activities should be beneficial for all parties:
        • School teachers remain up to date in their subject
        • School curricula will become more dynamic
        • Pupils are challenged by experiences at university
        • Pupils are better prepared for higher education
        • University staff remains up-to date on school teaching
        • University staff could show enthusiasm for their fields
        • University staff could learn from experienced school teachers
        • University students could participate in innovative teaching at schools
        • University students could consider to teach in schools
    • Future of linking schools - universities
      • Activities should be beneficial for all parties:
        • School teachers remain up to date in their subject
        • School curricula will become more dynamic
        • Pupils are challenged by experiences at university
        • Pupils are better prepared for higher education
        • University staff remains up-to date on school teaching
        • University staff could show enthusiasm for their fields
        • University staff could learn from experienced school teachers
        • University students could participate in innovative teaching at schools
        • University students could consider to teach in schools
      • Innovations in education depend on collaboration
    • Learning from each other
      • National exchange promoted by Platform
    • Learning from each other
      • National exchange promoted by Platform
      • European exchange would be fruitful as we face common challenges
    • Learning from each other
      • National exchange promoted by Platform
      • European exchange would be fruitful as we face common challenges
      • As we live in a common world we should share experiences across the globe
    • Learning from each other
      • National exchange promoted by Platform
      • European exchange would be fruitful as we face common challenges
      • As we live in a common world we should share experiences across the globe
      • This meeting should facilitate the start of new exchanges
      • Let us face our common future together