Building International Consensus on IBSE to Advance Science Education

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Inter Academy Panel (IAP)on Science Education Program, which brings together 150 National Academy of Science, is a global collaboration to undertake the task that Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE)  becomes  international consensus as a way of improving the learning and teaching of science.  By conducting IBSE in a classroom, students learn sciences by doing science, re-discover scientific concept by testing them in experiments. IBSE also teaches some values to the students such as love of truth, the importance of team work, rejection of dogma and cultivate the tolerance, and respect of different ideas.

However, in the practical level, there are some challenges and problems to scale up the IBSE projects that require international collaboration and involving many parties and countries. In this regard, the Chilean Academy of Sciences conducted the International Conference for Improving the Learning of Biology and Related Science A the K-12 School Levels, back to back with the 6th Global Council IAP-SEP Meeting in University of Chile, Santiago, Chile from 14-16 April 2016.  Indonesia was represented by Dr. R. Indarjani, Deputy Director of SEAMEO QITEP in Science (SEAQIS), as member of Global Council IAP-SEP (2016-2019) who is requested to report the regional and national achievements in regard to the IBSE implementation.

In this prestigious event, there was also Inaugural Lectures given by two prominent scientists who dedicate themselves to science education. They were Prof. Bruce Alberts, USA Science Envoys for Indonesia and Pakistan, and Prof. Pierre Lena, founder of La Main ala Pate (LAMAP), French Foundation that has developed the IBSE model which is used globally by many institutions/organisations including SEAQIS for its teacher trainings.

During 3 days meeting, there were also round table discussions under the topic of The Challenges of Scaling up the IBSE Projects to National or International Dimension, The International Collaboration to Support Science Education Projects and Generating Modules to teach pre University Students about environmental preservation and mitigating the impact of Global Climate Changes. Dr. Indarjani has involved in international collaboration forum and has dug the opportunity for experts’ assistance, international joint training, and international internship.

The forum highlighted the importance of building partnership between scientists and science teachers, collaboration among Science Academies-Universities and Science Societies, whilst also strengthening international collaboration among Science Academy to enable science education to confront the complexity of the 21st century as the age of knowledge and science to gain new knowledge of universe and about ourselves.