High-Level Policy Forum on IBSE

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SEAMEO Regional Center for QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) and Indonesia Academy of Science (AIPI) has successfully organized High-Level Policy Forum on Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) on May, 27th 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The agenda were to review the engagement with government, academia, and education organizations both regional and national IBSE program and to evolve strategies for successful promotion of national IBSE agenda.

The forum was opened by the speech of Prof Dr Triyanta, the Director of SEAMEO QITEP in Science. He stated that this forum is a part of realization of SEAMEO QITEP in Science’s niche which is Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE). He believes that IBSE could encourage students to be very pro-active and improve student content learning and retention. The forum was continued with welcome remarks by Prof Sangkot Marzuki, the President of AIPI, who expressed the conduct of the forum as a support from AIPI to science education because science plays a critical role in human’s life. In supporting the development of science education, AIPI focuses on young scientist as future leader. In this forum, His Excellency Dr Anies Baswedan, the Minister of Education and Culture, the Republic Indonesia expressed his appreciation to the conduct of the forum through a video conference. H.E. Dr Anies Baswedan expected that this forum could provide some inputs for the Ministry of Education and Culture in improving science education.

The keynotes speaker of the conference, Prof Bruce Albert, provided further stimulus for thinking and reflection on IBSE. Prof Albert in his keynote speech said that “…Science Education through IBSE has an important and critical role in the development of democracy in Indonesia…” Prof Albert explained that science education at college level must be changed to make progress in the implementation of IBSE.

The panelists of the forum were Dr Astrida Upitis (Councillor of Education and Culture, Australian Embassy), Prof HAR Tilaar(AIPI), Prof Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro (Vice President of AIPI), Dr Unifah Rosyidi (Director of Centre for Teacher Professional Development), Dr Indarjani (Deputy Director for Program, SEAMEO QITEP in Science), and the moderators of the forum were Prof Bruce Albert and Prof Aman Wirakartakusumah (AIPI). The panelists discussed the importance of IBSE, some challenges and proposed possible strategic solutions in the implementation of IBSE. Qualified science education could help to create qualified human resource where IBSE becomes the method of teaching and learning for qualified science education. To shift from traditional approach of teaching to IBSE takes time and needs culture change which makes it difficult. Dr Unifah Rosyidi, the head of Centre for Teacher Professional Development, showed some actual data depicting Indonesian teachers’ quality. The data concluded that the improvement of teachers’ quality and professionalism should become the most important priority. Collaboration between competent institutions could encourage the education improvement through the sharing of expertise, material resources, and best practice in education. The use of digital media as teaching and learning material resources could also be advantages supporting the IBSE implementation. Moreover, it needs comprehensive, systematic, and innovative efforts involving all stakeholders to change the education system.

The forum finally provided six recommendations for the development of science education.

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Prof Bruce Albert delivered his keynote speech.

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Prof Bruce Albert, Dr Astrida Upitis, Prof Alex Tilaar, and Prof Ismunandar

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The panelists discussed the topic on Cultivate Student Global Leadership and Character through Science Education