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
DOC6044 - Practical Aspects to Implementing EU-Funded Projects
EPE1009 - Young Children Exploring their Physical and Human Environment
EPE2004 - Young Children inquiring about the World
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/