Training on STELR – STEM Education

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Science and technology have changed the world for the better. Not only they help most people to streamline daily activities, they also help improving the quality of economic progress. Thus, many countries have embarked on programmes to support the development of science in schools.

As a regional Centre, SEAMEO QITEP in Science takes part in this development effort by conducting a collaborative training, namely the Training Course on Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance (STELR) – Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education that was conducted on 31 October – 4 November 2016 at the Atlantic City Hotel, Bandung. The training involved varied institutions such as the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), the Charles Darwin University, the Australian Government Institute (Australia Indonesia Institute), the Southern Cross University, and was also supported by a private sector, ORICA. The participants were teachers, teacher trainers, lecturers, officers of Ministries of Education, and private company officers coming from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, and Timor Leste.

It was expected that after joining the training, the participants could recognise the importance of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in teaching science, experience the process of inquiry-based science teaching and learning, experience STEM lessons and activities, be aware of the latest pedagogical research and effective instructional strategies, as well as produce a lesson schema to enable teachers to construct lessons which incorporate research-based instructional strategies.