Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) is a private organization officially recognised by the state as a provider of education at all levels from pre-school to upper secondary. In 1995 the organization established a Research and Development Department, a dedicated structure within the school which currently employs 15 full time researchers (7 PhD level, 8 MSc), The Department focuses on the design, implementation and support of pedagogical and technological innovation in educational practice, through work internally in the school and through collaborations with numerous educational, research and commercial institutions in Europe and the world. Since its establishment, the Research and Development Department has coordinated and supported the participation of EA, either as coordinator or as partner, in more than 150 national and international collaborative research projects and networks, the majority of which have been concerned with applications of new technologies in education. One particular line of projects in the last more than 15 years has established EA as a leading pioneer in innovative approaches to science education, through its active involvement in and initiation of relevant European projects and initiatives. EA has also developed rich activity in the provision of European teacher training and professional development, in the context of various courses (e.g. summer schools) in which hundreds of participants from across Europe have taken part funded by the European Commission through staff mobility grants of the Erasmus plus Programme (formerly LLP). EA is also an institutional member of ECSITE (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), EDEN (European Distance Education Network) and STEDE (Science Teacher Education Development in Europe) Network. Through its projects and networks, EA has developed sustainable communication channels with numerous schools and institutions and their staff, which it will utilise for the purposes of dissemination and communication in this project.