P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice, Faculty of Science, currently offers a variety of study programmes (currently with 1600 registered students) in science (mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, informatics, general ecology) as well masters programmes in science teachers training and a lot of PhD programmes for future scientists and also for mathematics teachers.
UPJS takes particular research interest in dealing with aspects of long-life learning and has successfully developed networks, via their graduates, with research institutions and industries, both within Slovakia and abroad, as well as an established co-operation with science teachers teaching at different schools in Slovakia. These activities are realised through a science teachers’ club, an association of teachers who regularly partake in in-service teacher training courses offered by the faculty that are accredited by the Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic. The Faculty has certificated the in service teachers training courses within the system of legal teachers career development, mainly oriented on specialization and innovation teacher training.
The Faculty also publishes a didactical journal, “Mathematics-physics-informatics” in cooperation with the National Educational Centre in order to support the professional development of teachers. The journal is also on-line available. Each year there are about 300 science teachers who join different activities of teachers´ training offered by the faculty.
The Faculty of Science has a leading position in the field of science teachers’ long life learning concerning the implementation of informatics and communication technologies and modern approaches into education (through leadership of the national projects INFOAGE, Education Research Centre, Regional school system innovation, Modernization of the education process on basic and secondary schools), ECDL courses for teachers, teachers´ training in special fields (international project TEMPUS Phare AC-JEP 14327-1999, fp7 projects Establish, Sails), the use of e-learning in teachers´ training (e.g. LMS Moodle environment), SeeVogh videoconference system for on-line education, and project coordination.
P.J. ŠAFARIK UNIVERSITY IN KOSICE FACULTY OF SCIENCE
Faculty of Science
Šrobárova 2, 041 80 Košice
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P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice
Faculty of Science
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