Science is of great importance to most societal issues, whether they involve sustainability, healthcare or the future of our food supply. Yet the general public finds science hard to understand and take in. The Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (FI) does research into how science education can best contribute to scientific and mathematical literacy. This literacy is part of the foundation of scientific citizenship.

Download the full text of our research program Scientific and Mathematical Literacy for Life (pdf).

Research questions

The research of the Freudenthal Institute targets continuous learning trajectories in science education, focusing on both formal (schoolbound) and informal (museums, internet and other media, …) types of education. The following questions take centre stage:

  • What understanding of the sciences is necessary to make scientific citizenship possible?
  • What is the role of the sciences within society, and how can we better understand that role from a historical and philosophical perspective?
  • How do we develop education that contributes to literacy in the sciences and that matches societal needs?
  • How can we better utilize the possibilities of ICT to create enthousiasm for science education in teachers and students and to support them?
  • What educational repertoire do science teachers have, what repertoire should they have, and how do they apply it in the classroom?