Training Workshop on Developing Thinking Skills through IBSE for Sustainable Development

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Students are increasingly exposed to news on disasters and the consequences both natural and caused by human activities. Students particularly living in disaster risk areas must be given the awareness and knowledge why disasters happen and trained to live with risks in the most responsible way. They must be familiar with the operational component of prevention. Although these can be acquired through teaching them theories and through memorization, students can better remember them if these are taught through activities that involve questioning, reflection, modeling,  making hypotheses, analyzing and discovering  the answers through the investigation.  Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way while education on the prevention of the risks is an essential component of the ESD.

To cater the ideas, SEAMEO QITEP in Science, in collaboration with International Science, Technology, Innovation Centre (ISTIC) for South South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO, supported by La main a la pate (LAMAP), SEAMEO RECSAM, and SEAMEO BIOTROP, conducted a training workshop on developing thinking skills through IBSE for sustainable development from 8 to 14 November 2015 in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. The programme was attended by 40 participants from Kenya, Palestine, Oman, Maldives, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia. They were teacher, teacher trainer, lecturer, and principals. The facilitators were from LAMAP France, and SEAMEO RECSAM Malaysia.

The training workshop was aimed at (1) recognising the importance of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in disaster risk reduction and education; (2) developing knowledge and understanding how disasters happen, how these can be prevented and minimised; (3) experiencing the process of inquiry-based science teaching and learning; and (4) developing strategies for developing thinking skills.

The activities throughout the training included to Introduction Disaster Risk Reduction and Education, Technological Challenge, Earthquake, Tsunami, Cyclonic Risks, Cultural visit, and peer teaching. At the end of the programme, the Director of Teacher Development for Basic Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ibu Poppy Dewi Puspitawati, delivered her closing speech as well as closing the training workshop officially.