Coordinator: KAPOSVÁR UNIVERSITÄT
Institute of Mathematics and Basic Science, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the largest agricultural-focused, multidisciplinary higher education institutions in Europe. The consortium leader team is situated in Kaposvár (former Kaposvár University). At this regional study and research center of the Southern Transdanubia Region of Hungary a GeoGebra Institution was established in 2012 and several projects were implemented during the recent period. One of our colleagues in the institution joined the Content Pedagogy Research Program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and worked in the Research Group of „MTA-ELTE Complex Mathematics Education”. It focused on students’ competitions and also on a cross-border INTERREG project with Croatian secondary schools. There were several „Experience Workshop” events organized in Kaposvár – as the staff joined the international „Experience Workshop Movement” when it started.Several active style STEAM teaching training for secondary and primary school teachers were also carried out. The team members took part in issuing, editing several books, course materials, and wrote numbers of publications in connections to this field. They also had several presentations at numerous conferences all over the world and also organized conferences in Kaposvár. In 2019 “Poly-Universe Mathematics Methodology Conference” (PUSE) was hosted successfully. At the department there is a small collection of not only Hungarian scientific toys, tools like, Poly-Universe, Dienes’s games, but international ones as well, like Jomily Cubes, 4DFrame, ZoomTool, etc.To sum it up a small but enthusiastic team with significant experience leads the consortium for implementing the project.
Paydaş Education, Culture and Art Association (PAYDAŞ) is a non-governmental organization founded by acknowledged specialists in the wake of compensating the defects observed in the field of education in the country. The organisation strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good as well as providing rational and viable solutions to the educational problems; to take the lead in conveying the decisions to be taken in education to the competent authorities in a prudent platform by holding the position of people’s voice; to organize national and international projects and to make them real; to bring together academician community with the ones performing in their work fields cooperating with universities, and to function as a bridge with The Ministry of Education headquarters and field service.The members are mainly teachers at different types of schools, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research. They work in a range of settings from universities and other academic institutions to research institutes, federal and state agencies, school systems, testing companies, and nonprofit organizations. Based on their research, they produce and disseminate knowledge, refine methods and measures, and stimulate translation and practical application of research results.PEKSA carry out activities on individuals with low family income, poverty, deprivation and Social Exclusion in the field of education, to prevent them give up education, to activate a deep cultural change to build their own interactive community of informed and passionate individuals, as proud of their European as well as national identity. Moreover PEKSA also carry out activities such as career counseling, holding conferences, personal development workshops, panels etc. to support the managers and teachers at different types of schools regarding their personal development.
Hacettepe University (HU) which is a public university was founded in 1954. It has 14 Faculties, 14 Graduate Schools, 2 applied schools, 1 conservatory, 6 vocational schools, and 90 research centers. Total number of students is 36112 and academicians are 3495. The Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies (CEIT) was established in 1998 under the Faculty of Education. Beside undergraduate education, CEIT has M.Sc. and Ph.D graduate programs. Department has 311 undergraduate students, 80 graduate students, and 27 academicians. The department aims to train students (prospective teachers) who would teach information technology-related courses in K-12 institutions. It also aims to do scientific research on the use of information and communication technologies in teaching-learning situations, development, integration and diffusion of those technologies in educational settings and distance learning, developing educational products, and training human resources needed in the field.
The Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), founded in 1966, is one of Austria’s youngest universities and comprises four faculties (Law; Social Sciences, Economics and Business; Engineering and Natural Sciences, Medicine). Approximately 16000 students attend JKU, and the university is the employer of more than 2000 people. In addition to traditional institutes, the university has seen an increasing number of institutes funded by third parties and, more recently, the introduction of competence centers which are privately owned companies and other organizations that reflect the important role JKU plays within the economy of Upper Austria.The Department of Mathematics Education (http://www.jku.at/idm), chaired by Prof. Markus Hohenwarter, is integrated into the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and is one of ten mathematics departments at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. The Faculty offers programs for students of (applied) mathematics as well as for students of mathematics education, the latter of which are catered for by the staff of the Department of Mathematics Education. The department offers all relevant courses on mathematics education for students enrolled in the program for secondary school teachers of mathematics including courses on the use of ICT for learning and teaching as well as the creation of interactive educational materials. Furthermore, the Department of Mathematics Education has a long tradition of close collaboration with experienced classroom teachers who are both involved in teaching courses for pre-service teachers as well as active members of research projects.
The Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER, https://ktl.jyu.fi/en/) is a multidisciplinary centre for educational research, assessment, and development, based at the University of Jyväskylä (www.jyu.fi), Finland. Its vast research experience, wide-ranging fields of study, and multidisciplinary approach – together with a significant body of researchers and publication volume – make the FIER a nationally unique and an internationally significant unit of educational research. Today, the FIER has a network of contacts worldwide and collaborates with the leading research groups and institutions on every continent. The FIER collaborates extensively with the OECD, various EU Agencies and IEA.