IncluSMe (Intercultural learning in mathematics and science initial teacher education) focuses on increasing the quality of the initial teacher education (ITE) of prospective mathematics and science teachers by including intercultural learning into their curricula: Prospective mathematics and science teachers need to learn how to cope with language barriers, culturally different pre-concepts about science and highly varying proficiencies of (immigrant) students to be prepared to tackle the challenges of their future profession.
In turn, maths and science competences are crucial for civic participation, academic and professional success, not only for students with diverse backgrounds but for all. But if comprehension and communication problems due to language barriers or cultural differences are not addressed, students with immigrant background may perform poorly in maths and science. In order to secure educational opportunities for immigrant and refugee youth, it is essential to include intercultural aspects into the initial education of maths and science teachers.
Thus, our project, aims to improve the relevance of higher education curricula for prospective maths and science teachers by linking maths and science education with intercultural learning – and thereby strengthening students’ social, civic and intercultural competences.
Core to the project is the design and implementation of related open access teaching modules, to facilitate intercultural learning for prospective maths and science teachers. These modules will be purposefully designed (flexible structure, modular, user guidance) so that they can be easily used in existing university courses and curricula. Thus, the connectivity of the developed materials is ensured and will pave the way for updated curricula in maths and science ITE.
By offering international summer schools and multiplier events, IncluSMe will strengthen transnational cooperation between universities in establishing mobility programmes for maths and science students in initial teacher education.
Main target group of the project are university teachers in maths and science ITE, in particular those concerned with HE curriculum development and/or student mobility. They will integrate the HE modules created within the project into their regular university courses. Other target groups are enablers of student mobility and policy makers.
The project brings together 11 teams of higher education institutions for initial teacher education from across Europe comprising experts in maths and science education, in inclusion and diversity, in mobility and intercultural learning, as well as people involved in pilot projects for refugees.
The IncluSMe project has received funding from Erasmus+ KA2 (Key action for ‘Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices’) and is coordinated at the International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE) of the University of Education Freiburg, Germany.
For more materials on the topic and IncluSMe complementing projects, please visit:
MaSDiV – EU funded project that aims to support maths and science teachers in accommodating cultural, socioeconomic and performance related diversity in their classrooms.
ELICIT PLUS – provides ideas about intercultural learning for citizenship, and shows how they can be developed with undergraduate students.
ECML – Project PluriMobil provides teachers and teacher trainers, international officers and other stakeholders with training and practical resources to help them support plurilingual and intercultural learning, and to foster language learning autonomy of students (primary, lower and upper secondary, teacher training), before, during and after a mobility activity. In the case of student teachers, PluriMobil helps them transfer their own mobility experience to their future learners.
IEREST – an Erasmus Multilateral Project (2012-2015) which aimed at developing an a set of teaching modules to be provided to Erasmus students before, during, and after their experience abroad, in order to encourage learning mobility and to support students in benefiting as much as possible from their international experiences in terms of personal growth and intercultural awareness
Intercultural learning for teachers and pupils – Erasmus+ project ‘Intercultural Learning for pupils and teachers’ offers school leaders and teachers of secondary schools, trainings and tools to include intercultural learning in every subject and aspect of the school life.
MuM – Mathematiklernen unter Bedingungen der Mehrsprachigkeit, which is a German project and only targeted at mathematics learning
MoMaTrE – the project create stools which will help teachers to easily create math trails for their students, a catalogue of generic tasks which can be found frequently and material and a schedule for a long-term curriculum in pre-teacher and in-service teacher education