Customised Training on STEM Education and HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) Test Question Items Development for Elementary School Teachers

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Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Today’s fast-changing world requires students not only to possess high-quality skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and curiosity. In line with the main focus of the institution and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to develop learners’ 21st Century skills, the SEAMEO QITEP in Science in collaboration with the Yayasan Darul Hikam conducted the Customised Training on STEM Education and HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) Test Question Items from 5-6 January 2017 at the Darul Hikam Elementary school, Bandung, West Java. The programme was initiated by the school principal previously participating in trainings on STEM for School Principals.

The training was attended by sixty participants consisting of teachers, education personnel, school supervisors, and school principals. The aims of this training were to (1) introduce STEM Education to elementary teachers, (2) develop HOTS Test Question Items, and (3) try the experience of STEM lesson activity with simple tools. The training was facilitated by Ms Irma Rahma Suwarma, P.hD from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) as well as facilitators from the Centre represented by Dr Indarjani, Ms Tati Setiawati, Ms Eka Danti Agustiani, and Mr Heri Setiadi.

The programme was successfully conducted through the great supports and cooperation of the Yayasan Darul Hikam, the School principal of Darul Hikam Elementary School, and the Centre. It is expected that there will be more valuable enhancement programmes and more teachers trained to improve the quality of science education in the area in the future.

Written by Heri Setiadi