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Research centre for education in science and mathematics (CRECIM by it's spanish initials) is a Special Research Center of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, created in 2002 from Consolidated Research Group TIREC (Computer Technology and Research on Scientific Education).In 2007 CRECIM became part of the Research Park at UAB.
CRECIM is an Entity dedicated to promoting a better Scientific, Technology Engineering and Mathematics literacy of the citizens and analyze the orientation given to the teaching and dissemination of science
CRECIM develops its activity around four different areas such as: Research, Training, Diffusion and Transfer of knowledge. Although the main goal of CRECIM is educational research, the other three areas of performance show the intention of the centre to bring the research results to the key agents involved such as teacher trainers and educational authorities, and in short, to classroom reality.
The main research lines of the CRECIM are four:
This traditional research line at CRECIM aims to analyse the advantages, benefits and limitations for the incorporation of new technologies for teaching and learning the several scientific disciplines through all the different education levels, from primary education to University, both on-class and on-line. Some of the national and international projects undertaken in this research line are STTIS, RENOLAB, IKUITSE, IEFNET, POSTRES, NEFREDUCA, AFINET.
A common aim to all researches at CRECIM is to make their research results get to the classroom, by means of teaching innovation. Thus, all the researchers of the centre are involved in this research line and every project has some aspect addressed to teaching innovation. The contribution of Secondary School teachers collaborating with CRECIM is especially important.
Due to the current situation, in which there is a significant lack of young people who decide to start scientifictechnical training, CRECIM dedicate efforts to investigate and determine which educational actions can help in order to increase the number of scientifictechnical vocations. We are carring out two projects: ECB-Ingenious project, that it has the objective of increasing the links between science education and careers in Europe. Moreover we are promoting initiatives like Prat de la Riba project, to bring the school and the business world with the background to get young people to work the contents of the subject of Technology.
This research line is focused on the analysis of the conditions needed for a Science teaching aimed to achieve scientific literacy and scientific competency. Some examples of projects previously developed are PISA-PENCRI (where we analysed Catalan teachers’ perceptions about scientific competences evaluated in the PISA international test) and GIMMS in which it has been explored a new teachers formation model (Mentoring) aimed to develop scientific competency. We currently started the COMPEC project.