TISME - the Targeted Initiative on Science and Maths Education - was a programme of five research projects, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in partnership with the Institute of Physics, the Gatsby Foundation and the Association for Science Education.
The overall aim of TISME was to uncover new ways to encourage greater participation, engagement, achievement and understanding of science and mathematics among young people.
Between them, TISME’s projects covered extensive ground in mapping how young people engage with science and mathematics education, their aspirations for the future, the effects of recent changes to the curriculum and its teaching, and how students’ understanding of the subjects might be improved.
The projects were carried out by research teams based at four UK universities: King’s College London; the University of Leeds; the University of Cambridge; and the Institute of Education, University of London.
The five TISME projects were:
ASPIRES (‘Children’s science and career aspirations, age 10 –14’), a longitudinal study of what influences young people’s science and career aspirations between the ages of 10 and 14;
EISER (‘Enactment and Impact of Science Education Reform’), an analysis of the effects of recent major changes in the science curriculum for 14- to 16-year-olds;
epiSTEMe (‘Effecting Principled Improvement in STEM Education: Student Engagement and Learning in Early Secondary School Physical Science and Mathematics education’), a trial of a research-informed intervention designed to improve teaching for 11- to 14-year-olds.
ICCAMS (‘Increasing Competence and Confidence in Algebra and Multiplicative Structure’), an investigation of changes in pupils’ mathematical understanding over time, trialling a possible approach to improved teaching;
UPMAP (‘ Understanding Participation rates in post-16 Mathematics And Physics’), an investigation of students’ views and choices at secondary and HE level"