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EDUCATE (Enhancing Differentiated Instruction and Cognitive Activation in Mathematics Lessons by Supporting Teachers) is a 30-month project funded under the Erasmus+ programme. MIE is a partner in the project and was represented by Dr Seán Delaney, Damien Burke and Dr Ann Marie Gury. The project is coordinated by the University of Cyprus and also features partners from Portugal and Greece.

EDUCATE is responding to a finding that schools in several European countries largely fail to meet both excellence and equity: an alarmingly high percentage of European students (more than 20%) do not reach a minimum level of basic skills in mathematics, while only 2%-3% of them reach the highest level of proficiency; and large variations in achievement exist between students within schools, indicating that schools fail to create equitable learning environments for their students

The main goal of the EDUCATE project is to develop, implement, validate, and refine materials for teachers and teacher educators that concurrently attend to both issues of excellence and equity, while also taking teachers’ actual needs into consideration. The project aims to educate teachers to use these materials by engaging them in guided reflection around their practice. EDUCATE aspires to help teachers promote excellence by helping them address issues on cognitive activation, since prior research has shown that engaging students in challenging tasks is pivotal for advancing their problem solving and reasoning skills - both considered key competencies for lifelong learning. It seeks to help teachers promote equity, by helping them structure learning environments that take into account diverse student needs and readiness levels. Thus, the project is novel in several ways: developing materials that address issues of cognitive activation and differentiation in an integrated manner, which was missing from past works attending to either excellence or equity; producing materials that are grounded in teachers’ actual practice and needs and which provide solid guidance for implementation; and educating teachers and teacher educators on how to use them.


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Dr Seán Delaney