The research tasks planned to answer the research questions are:
1 To document through case studies, in the cases of specific types of tool (new computational modelling systems, simulation and real-time displaying tools), examples of successful and unsuccessful take-up. These will include examples in all the participating countries, generally on a small scale. The tasks aims at knowing the conditions for Science teachers to command informatic tools and implement them in their classes.
2 To document through case studies, the cases of different specific topics (motion and force, energy and change, optics), examples of successful and unsuccessful take-up. The perspective is to know the conditions for a better adaptation between teachers and innovative teaching strategies.
Through case studies, factors which favour and which hinder take-up of curricular innovations by teachers will be documented. Factors fall into several types:
- related to teachers' experience, styles and routines
- related to teachers' knowledge and conceptual difficulties, either content specific or more transversal
3 To determine factors which favour and which hinder take-up the obstacles to read and interpret correctly informations represented by means of pictures, graphics, icons, etc, particularly coded messages used by Science teachers.
Factors fall into several types:
- related to the symbolic language
- related to the message: content and context
- related to teachers' knowledge
4 To develop means of capitalizing on favourable factors and reducing the effect of unfavourable factors, through appropriate materials for teachers training courses.
5 To provide elements for a documented generalization of the results about innovations' transformations through the identification of transformation trends of innovation in Science teaching activities.
6 To design and develop activities for disseminating the results of the research, at national and international level.