The objective of the project was: Promoting migrants in science education and in choosing science careers. The migrants addressed were children of immigrants for economical and political reasons. Intense in this regard was the cooperation between countries of origin and countries of residence, in order to harmonise the different methods and standards in science education. These differences in science education in addition to linguistic and cultural communication problems are considered to hamper a successful integration of migrants. The goal was achieved by a threefold package of activities:
- Direct promotion of migrant girls at universities by establishing Clubs Lise, a girls working group on topics of science, to promote the choice of science studies for migrant girls as an underrepresented group in science. Acknowledging the gender dimension in science as a male-dominated field the girls worked together with female scientists and science students with migration background as role-models for their own science careers.
- To affect a medium-term promotion of migrants in science education PROMISE-teams consisting of teachers and education scientists cooperate with experts of migration, language and intercultural research in order to collect and develop new methods and best practices in science education considering the linguistic and cultural diversity of classes.
- To establish a long-term promotion of migrants, specific teacher trainings was institutionalised. For the purpose of harmonisation of methods of science education a dialogue between countries of origin and residence, between universities and schools, has been established.
The project took place together with the participating states Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and Turkey from 01.10.2005 until 30.09.2007
For detailed information and ongoing activities, see: www.promise.at