IBSE as main theme in the International Conference in Science Education in Philippines

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Philippines–Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) has been accepted worldwide as an effective approach in science teaching and learning. The implementation of proper IBSE in classroom will involve a process of exploring the natural or material world that leads to asking questions, making discoveries, and rigorously testing those discoveries in the search for new understanding. Considering that IBSE is strategic to enhance the quality of science teaching, the Education Department of MIMAROPA region conducted the 1st International Conference in Science Education under the theme Revitalising, Reinvigorating and Strengthening Science Instruction through Inquiry Based Science Education. It was convened from 3-5 May 2017 and held at the Skylight Convention Centre, Puerto Pricessa City, Palawan, Philippines. The conference was attended by 652 participants consisted mostly by teachers. However, there were also superintendents, academics, as well as local and provincial education officers.  Present in the opening ceremony was the City Mayor of Puerto Princessa, Governor of Palawan.

Deputy Director for Programme, Dr R Indarjani, had been invited as one of plenary speakers to explain the development of IBSE in Southeast Asia nations. In her presentation, she elucidated how IBSE becomes a centre of principle of 21st century curriculum—one of priority areas in SEAMEO Education Agenda 2015-2035. Addressing the unemployment issues that become the regional concern, she proposed to integrate STEM principles in science teaching process. STEM Education has a close relationship with project based learning concept that most of teachers already familiar with.  Other plenary speakers in this international conference came from Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Australia, and University of Philippines.

Being invited as a speaker in an international forum would increase the regional visibility of the Centre. It was a sign of recognition and acknowledgment of SEAQIS’ potential and one of indicator of the Centre’s achievements.

Written by the Public Relations Team of SEAMEO QITEP in Science