Training on Integrating Computational Thinking into Science Learning to Support Merdeka Belajar and Guru Penggerak

In 2020, the Ministry of Education and Culture stated that Computational Thinking is a competence added to the Indonesian education system. This is a government solution to prepare the young generation to be digital literate. Moreover, the latest Indonesian students’ Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) score was less satisfying. Therefore, introducing CT to the teacher is one way to improve students’ PISA score, especially in Mathematics’ measurement.

As one of 26 SEAMEO Centres, SEAQIS conducted training on Integrating Computational Thinking into Science Learning for science teacher from 15 to 20 March 2021, in Yello Hotel, Bandung. The training was attended by 60 science teachers divided into three classes: physics, chemistry, and Biology. It aimed to provide a holistic concept of Computational Thinking, how to integrate it into science learning, and how to conduct the assessment in CT-integrated science learning to produce students possessing 21st-century skills.

The acting Head of Partnership and Public Relation Bureau of MOEC, Ir Hendarman, Ph.D., opened the training officially. In his welcome remarks, he fully supported the programme since it is in line with the vision of national education to realize an advanced Indonesia that is sovereign, independent through the Pancasila spirit students. He also added that all the stakeholders in education are the agent of change. He emphasized that the training is one of SEAQIS services to support the Merdeka Belajar programme. At the end of his remarks, he left a message to the participants, “You are chosen to be here. You are all the inspiring teacher; therefore, you have to absorb all the knowledge given by the instructors.” Dr Indrawati, the director of SEAQIS, also attended the opening ceremony.

Facilitators provided various materials during the training, including Critical Thinking Skills, Literacy and Numeracy in science learning, Integrating CT into science learning, Taxonomy of CT-STEM, Assessment in CT-integrated science learning. The training was a series of CT programme conducted in the In1-On1-In2-On2-In3 pattern.

The training received good responses from the participants. Ms Neti Kusmiati, a Biology teacher from SMAN 2 Sukabumi, stated that she is delighted to attend the training. “This training is amazing. It gives me new knowledge as well as motivating me to implement CT in my school,” she said. She also hoped that students’ achievement improves since they are familiar with the flow of Critical Thinking. The training was officially closed by Mr Reza Setiawan, the deputy director for the Programme of SEAQIS.