Improving Laboratory Management Competency of Southeast Asian Science Teachers through the Training Course on Science Laboratory Management

Practical works in science laboratory

Twenty eight science teachers from a number of countries in Southeast Asia region participated in the Training Course on Science Laboratory Management conducted by SEAMEO QITEP in Science from 01 to 10 August 2016. The participants were representative teachers and education personnel from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The training, which was convened at Isola Resort Bandung, Indonesia, aimed to improve laboratory management competencies of science teachers in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in secondary education.

The participants learned how to manage science laboratory effectively and efficiently from several experts from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia University of Education, Centre for Development and Empowerment of Teachers and Education Personnel (CDETEP) in Science, and SEAMEO QITEP in Science.

In the training, the participants did not only gain theoretical knowledge about science laboratory management, but also conducted some practical works in science laboratory at Bandung Institute of Technology, study visit to science laboratory at Indonesia University of Education, and company visit to Pudak Scientific.

Another purpose of the training is to strengthen the connection between teachers in Southeast Asia. To reach this purpose, the participants were requested to perform traditional performances and introduce their countries. Nguyen Thi Thuy Ha, participant from Vietnam, said “this training improves my competency in laboratory management as well as broaden my network.”

At the end of this training, the participants were encouraged to create and implement their action plans in managing science laboratory in their schools. The participants are expected to be able to create more interesting, well-managed, and safer science laboratory for students.