Prof. Suzanne Gatt

Prof. Suzanne Gatt

Prof. Suzanne Gatt

 B.Ed.(Hons)(Melit.),M.A.(Lond.),Ph.D.(Melit.)

Professor

Room 234
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2926
Prof. Suzanne Gatt is a teacher trainer in Primary Science and Primary Environmental Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta.

Prof. Gatt is a science educator and has conducted research and published on various aspect of education, including: children's ideas on plants and animals, constructivism, education reform at European level, career guidance, employment, and gender mainstreaming among other areas. She has also been working closely with the Malta Qualifications Council.

Prof. Gatt has a variety of research interests related to education. One of her research interests these past years have been European integration and reform in education. She has contributed to the Bologna Process as a contributor to the national Report of 2005, developing the Diploma Supplement at the University of Malta, and academic research for the Bologna Experts Groups in Malta and publishing in Journals.

She has also been working closely with the Malta Qualifications Council, drafting policy documents with respect to the Malta Qualifications Framework, VET qualifications, Quality Assurance and the Validation of informal and nonformal learning. She has also reviewed the Referencing document published by the Malta Qualifications Council in Malta. Prof. Gatt recently been engaged in the Leonardo project INLearning with the Malta Qualifications Council which involved the development of a methodology for drawing up occupational standards in sector skills and the development and piloting of the new tool Lifepass for the validation of informal and nonformal learning in ten different countries.

Prof. Gatt was one of the main researchers in the FP6 Integrated Project INCLUD-ED on social inclusion in education and where she was workpackage leader of the research focusing on community involvement in schools.
  • Primary Science Education
  • European Integration in Education - Bologna and Copenhagen Process
  • Community Involvement in education
  • Sciennce Communication
__Publications
  • DOC6044 - Practical Aspects to Implementing EU-Funded Projects
  • EPE1009 - Young Children Exploring their Physical and Human Environment
  • EPE2004 - Young Children inquiring about the World
  • EPE5005 - Children Doing and Learning Science
  • LLI5002 - Field Placement 2
  • LLI5009 - Subject-based Pedagogy and Methodology
  • PSY5632 - Educational Systems Change: School, Classroom and Curricular Organisation
ERASMUS+ SeFLiE pROJECT: 2020-2023

The SeLFiE project aims to facilitate the acquisition of a second language (English, Spanish
or French in the first stage) through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and
Mathematics) topics and active pedagogies at primary level. This project takes an
interdisciplinary approach to learning as it integrates learning STEAM with elements of
creativity and self-expression through the arts, and incorporates them with second language
learning. It takes the learning opportunities that the Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE)
and Engineering Design Process in Science Education (EDP) offer and integrates them with the
use of Content and integrated language learning (CLIL) as an educational approach for
teaching a subject through the medium of a non-native language. It thus promotes a holistic
approach to learning across the primary curriculum through the SeLFiE joint methodology for
CLIL and STEAM education.
SeLFiE is coordinated by the University of Burgos and the consortium is comprised of three
academic partners (with the University of Malta and the University of Granada), the
International Trilingual School of Warsaw, a network of public schools (CFIE Burgos) and an
SME, expert in communication, social impact assessment and development of website and
eLearning platforms (Kveloce I+D+I – Senior Europa S.L.). The University of Malta, through
Prof. Suzanne Gatt, Dr. Charmaine Bonello and Dr. Farrugia from the Department of Early
Childhood and Primary Education, Faculty of Education form part of the team. The are the lead
partners in the development of the project’s main output: A toolkit of Learning / teaching /
training material which aims to provide comprehensive guide for conducting interventions with
children from 4 to 12 years old, aimed at raising the Second Language Learning (L2 second
language Learning) by means of inquiry-based methods and STEAM topics.
The project website can be accessed at: https://project-selfie.eu/

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