Training Workshop on Developing Thinking Skills through IBSE | 22-26 October 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Many developing countries are faced with basic issues in science education such as the shortage of qualified science teachers, lack of facilities including laboratories and equipment and poor methods of delivery in the teaching of this subject. Teaching tends to be teacher centred and prescriptive thus leaving little opportunity for children for investigation and discovery leading to disinterest in the subject. 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 inquiry based learning approach based on the French La main a la pate (literally translated as “hands in the dough”) developed by the French Academy of Sciences in 1996 led by Nobel Prize laureate George Charpak, Prof. Pierre Lena and Prof. Yves Quere, originated out of concern for the lack of interest in science subjects and the need to find an innovative way of renewing the teaching of science. The approach, now disseminated in more than fifty countries, both developed and developing, emphasizes raising pupils’ curiosity, creativity and reasoning by including them in the investigative and discovery process through experimentation. The approach also strengthens pupils’ language skill through the use of science note books
IBSE is an innovative teaching pedagogy that calls for the active participation of pupils in the learning process through maximizing childrens’ natural curiosity, identification of problems, possible explanations or solutions, hypothesis to be tested, design of protocols to be tested involving several choices, the actual investigation, confirmation of the assumption, structure of knowledge in response to the questions raised and comparison with established facts. All the steps are in line with pedagogy recommended in the current Malaysian primary school science syllabus.
By using IBSE in teaching, it is hoped that learning science for pupils will be appealing and meaningful. This can contribute to increased interest in learning the subject and minimise the current issues facing school science education today. Hence the ultimate beneficiary will be pupils.
The training programme examines the basic principles of inquiry–based science approach to science and technology education in an effort re-emphasize and revive the importance of learning through. The expectation is that participants implement the approach in their own practice and to disseminate what they have learned to colleagues and other science educators in their own institutions and national settings.
a. To re emphasise the basic principles of inquiry-based science education
b. To provide opportunities for science teachers to try out IBSE in the teaching of science in their classes;
c. To experience the process of inquiry-based science teaching and learning; and
d. To provide examples on developing thinking skills.
Participants will comprise between 35 – 40 science educators from developing countries who need to upgrade their skills in IBSE or who have not yet attended workshops on IBSE.
The organiser will bear the local cost (accommodation, food and meeting package) to qualified participants who are selected to attend this training workshop.
Participants are required to seek travel grant from their organisations to pay for their travel expenses to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The training workshop will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22-26 October 2018.

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