Science requires a teaching approach in which pupils should be actively engaged in carrying out inquiry and discovery and the use of evidence to formulate hypotheses and theories. Learning by doing is based on personal investigation that helps pupils to develop cognitive processes as well as the sense of curiosity and creativity. Inquiry based activities allow pupils acquire new communication skills, through discussions in the classroom and with the teacher. Instead of the usual memorization and concentration of scientific concepts and formulas, IBSE insists on the appropriation of knowledge through individual investigation and questioning attitude leading the pupils to learn by experimenting in partnership with the teacher. Hence the use of the hands and the brain lends itself as an appropriate teaching and learning strategy for science. Inquiry based science education (IBSE) has been recognized as an effective method of teaching science.
The workshop covered topics such as climate change and IBSE. This is the 17th training programme on Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) organised by ISTIC. The workshop was supported by Ministry of Education Malaysia. A total of 37 participants from 5 countries comprising Indonesia, Kiribati, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Malaysia attended the training workshop, 9 were males and 28 were females.
The International Conference on Climate Change Education was successfully held on 7 and 8 May 2018 at Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The conference was aimed to discuss on how to achieve SDG No. 4, Quality Education, SDG No. 13, Climate Action and SDG No. 17, Partnership for the Goals. The international conference focused on integrating climate change education in the curriculum, best practices and resources for learning within the context of the UN SDG 13 “Climate Action” which recognises the importance of education in its target 13.3 and indicator 13.3.1
Computer science is now considered as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subject in the broad sense and is being introduced in many countries as a stand-alone subject in the curriculum. The impetus to introduce this subject in the curriculum mainly arises from the technological development as we move into the digital age, in which our lives and just about everything is associated with software. While the future will certainly be a world with interactive screens, the number of people writing the software required by these ever growing screens is not increasing. Computer Science is designed to train the mind towards thinking logically and creatively to solve a problem. Coding teaches logic skills and problem solving and this will assist children to succeed in the digital world. Programming algorithm describes the exact steps that tells the computer to take to solve problems. It is reported that more and more jobs in the future require coding skills and that programming jobs are growing at a rapid rate. Hence there is the need to include learning to write and read code and programming in the school syllabus.
The International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) was invited to conduct the above workshop by the Inter-Academy Partnership Science Education Programme (IAP SEP) as part of the major event under comprising a Science Education Policy Forum and the Annual Meeting of the IAP SEP Global Council. The workshop was officiated by H.E. Souad Abdel Razeg, the Federal Minister of Education. Two facilitators from Ministry of Education Malaysia i.e. Dr. Koay Suan See and Mr. Abdul Muhaimin Osman conducted the training. Thirty five participants, comprising science educators from Sudan and Egypt attended the workshop. Of these, ten came from schools in the Kenana Sugar Company in Sudan, and one from an international school. The rest were from government schools. Participants from Egypt were from the Ministry of Education.The workshop focused on the principles of IBSE and hands-on activities which allowed participants to familiarise themselves on the practice of IBSE. The workshop also introduced the contribution of discoveries in Islamic countries and discussed these contributions to modern science.
Training Workshop on Innovative Teaching & Learning of Science through IBSE for Science Teacher Trainers (Workshop II),19 - 23 September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Inquiry-based Science Education (IBSE) has been internationally recognised as an effective teaching strategy in developing the minds. Students learn how to ask questions and use evidence to answer them. In the process of learning the strategies of scientific inquiry, students learn to conduct an investigation and collect evidence from a variety of sources, develop an explanation from the data, and communicate and defend their conclusions.
It is widely accepted that STI is key driver of economic growth and development. For developing countries, innovative capability is major factor for competitiveness, productivity and moving to high income economies as keeping pace with developed countries. Science underpins the wide range of concerns the UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to address. Basic to this is the need to have a sound evidence based science education in schools. Goal 4 of the SDG emphasises the need for inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all. One aspect of improving quality and inclusiveness is in the area of pedagogy.
The Training Workshop on Developing Thinking Skills through IBSE for Sustainable Development was successfully held from 9-13 November 2015 in Bogor, Indonesia. This is the 12th training programme on IBSE organised by ISTIC in collaboration with LAMAP Foundation, France and supported by SEAMEO QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) and Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), Indonesia. A total of 38 selected participants from developing countries comprising 10 international participants from Kenya, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Oman, Palestine, Vietnam and 28 participants from Indonesia participated in this workshop.
The Training Workshop on Innovative Teaching & Learning of Science through Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) for Science Teacher Trainers was successfully held from 25-30 October 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is the 11th training programme on IBSE organised by ISTIC in collaboration with LAMAP Foundation, France and supported by Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia (IPGM). A total of 44 selected participants from developing countries comprising 10 international participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam and 34 participants from Malaysia participated in this workshop.
The translation into English and printing of this book “When the Earth Rumbles” from the french version, Quand la Terre gronde is yet another effort by ISTIC to bring current issues that affect our lives closer to the classroom. As the world changes, there is more so the need to discuss with the young the consequences of some of the threats of today. Understanding the nature of natural disasters, how it happens, what consequences it brings to the environment should be a topic that would be of great interest to pupils particularly in areas that are prone to such calamities.