Opportunities and Challenges for Efficient and Effective STEM Teachers’ Competence Development

  • Nikolina Nikolova
  • Eliza Stefanova
  • Pencho Mihnev
  • Krassen Stefanov
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 746)


In this paper the results from a study, performed in several European countries, are presented, aimed to identify the main challenges which teachers face when trying to implement innovative teaching methods, stressing on the situation in Bulgaria. The overall design of the study is presented and the used research method is described. The main research activities, performed during the study, are outlined and compared with similar research efforts and initiatives. At the end, systematic analysis of results achieved is performed and proposals for further improvement of the competence development of teachers were made.


Teacher’s training Inquiry-based science education STEM 



The research is done with financial support of Enhancing Learning In Teaching via e-inquiries (ELITe) project, Erasmus+, KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, Strategic Partnerships for school education, Project Code: 2016-1-EL01-KA201-023647.

The article is partially supported by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” research science fund project 80-10-217/24.04.2017 “Inquiry-based learning in high-tech area as an application of modern ICTs”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and InformaticsSofia University St. Kl. OhridskiSofiaBulgaria

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