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Science in School

On 28 March 2006, EIROforum launched Science in School, a European journal to help teachers to make their science lessons exciting and inspiring.

Science in School addresses science teaching not only across Europe, but also across disciplines: highlighting the best in teaching and cutting-edge research, drawing on the overlap between subjects and the potential for interdisciplinary work. Furthermore, the discussion forum on the Science in School website will enable readers to pose questions, offer solutions and discuss current topics – communicating directly across national and subject boundaries.

In creating this journal, we are well aware of some apparent contradictions. Science is international, while science teaching is organised nationally or regionally. Most of today's science is highly technical and detailed, yet teachers need to excite beginners. Science is moving very quickly, but it sometimes takes many years for new discoveries to work their way into the curriculum. Finally, more and more, the principal language of science is English, whereas the language of the classroom is usually the local language.

But whenever we have put teachers from different subjects and countries in the same room, these contradictions seem to fade away in the face of bigger, universal issues. Science is becoming increasingly international and interdisciplinary. Education systems may be national, but children across the world are curious about the same types of things. The most exciting development of the day may happen anywhere in the world or even in space: it may be a discovery on Mars or in the depths of the ocean, a mathematical breakthrough or a natural disaster. On such days it would be a shame not to put the textbooks aside, and to capitalise on the greatest natural resource in both science and school: curiosity.

To achieve these aims, Science in School contains a wide range of articles to support teachers, including:

• Cutting-edge science
• Teaching materials
• Science education projects
• Education research and policy
• Interviews with teachers and scientists
• Reviews of books, films, websites and other resources
• News and events for teachers and schools
• An online forum for communicating across both across Europe and across disciplines.

How can I get involved

Science in School relies on the enthusiastic involvement of teachers, scientists and other experts in science education. You can help in a number of ways:

• Submit articles for publication
• Join our reviewer panel and help us decide which articles to publish
• Translate articles into your own language, for publication online
• Help raise awareness of Science in School.


Science in School is freely available online: www.scienceinschool.org.

Register to:
• Receive an email alert when each issue is published
• Request a free print subscription (limited availability)
• Post your comments on articles in Science in School.

More about the journal

Science in School is published by EIROforum and based at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. It is a non-profit activity, part of the NUCLEUS project supported by the European Union.

For further details, see: www.scienceinschool.org or contact the editor: editor@scienceinschool.org.

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