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: childrenâ€™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
EDS1328 - Early Years Education Research: Introduction to Analytic Reading and Critical Review of the Literature
EDU5903 - Current Trends in Research in Science Education
EPE2004 - Young Children inquiring about the World
PSY5632 - Educational Systems Change: School, Classroom and Curricular Organisation
Current EU funded Projects
Step4SEAs - ERASMUS+ KA3 (2016 - 19) Social Transformation through Educational Policies based on Successful Educational Actions Project No. 580432-EPP-1-2016-1-ES-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN
STEP4SEAS Project promotes the development of educative policies that foster the inclusion of disadvantaged learners based on Successful Educational Actions (SEAS) implemented through collaborative work from schools, universities and governments. STEP4SEAS Project works at two levels: promoting SEAS implementation in schools and their communities; and with governments and universities to develop policies. The project aims create a sustainable network of schools, universities, and governments that committed with the inclusion of the disadvantage learners, develop policies and implement proven practices.
Partners from Malta: Prof. Gatt and Dr. Tania Muscat from the University of Malta, the Catholic Diocese with three Church schools. https://www.step4seas.org/
Project TEST (ERASMUS+ KA2) (2015-18) Project No.2015-1-IT02-KA201-015237
Teaching Experimentation in Science and Technology (TEST) integrates different knowledge and skillS achieve innovative teacher training programs which are implemented through unconventional and creative methods, involving academics, professors from academic institutions, expert teachers from all types of schools and educational advisors. The aim is to develop science education research and enhance inquiry methodology implementation with particular attention to the planning and application of new technologies. Activities included: training of teachers to support other teachers in the implementation of inquiry-based learning in science, training for teachers, and a teachers' manual on inquiry in science. https://icfibonacci.gov.it/erasmus/
Coordinator of the FP7 project Pri-Sci-Net (www.prisci.net) (2011-2014) PRI-SCI-NET is an EU funded FP7 Supporting and coordinating action on innovative methods in science education. The project was coordinated by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) with 17 partners from 14 countries. The project promoted Inquiry-based learning among primary teachers teaching science to young children 3-11 years old. Project outputs include: 45 IBSE in 15 different languages;; International conferences in Cyprus and Malta; Training on IBSE in 13 partner countries; three international teacher- training courses; and journal on IBSE; https://priscinetwork.wordpress.com/