To celebrate its 12th anniversary, SEAQIS conducted several events closed by a webinar entitled the Synergy between SEAQIS and Universities in Strengthening Literacy and Numeracy in Science Learning. This webinar aimed to depict the effort on strengthening literacy and numeracy in science learning and providing an understanding of scientific literacy within the framework of PISA and TIMSS.
This webinar is in line with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology policy on changing national exams to a Minimum Competency Assessment (MCA). There are two components in this assessment, namely literacy and numeracy. Literacy is the ability to read and the ability to analyze a reading and understand the concepts behind the writing. In contrast, numeracy competence means the ability to analyze using numbers. These two things will simplify the MCA, which will start in 2021. However, practising this ability is not easy. The teacher must, of course, present meaningful learning and invite students to be able to deal with text, numbers, or data that must be processed to obtain a complete picture of information.
The webinar was commenced with a memorandum of understanding signing between SEAQIS and the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of As-Syafiiyah. This cooperation covers human resource competence, research and development, expert exchange, and community development. Dr Indarjani, the dean of the faculty of science and technology, stated that this cooperation is the entry point for various programmes in the future. This was seconded by Dr Indrawati, the director of SEAQIS. She said that SEAQIS needs support from multiple parties in developing science learning, especially literacy and numeracy. Especially at this time, the scientific literacy ability of Indonesian students is still in the ability to have little knowledge of procedural and epistemic content.
The webinar was officially opened by Ir. Hendarman, PhD, acting head of the Bureau of cooperation and public relation. In his remarks, he appreciated SEAQIS for its innovative programmes. He also launched the inaugural edition of a journal published by SEAQIS, namely the SEAQIS Journal of Science Education. “Surely this is excellent news for us where this journal will be a reference for science teachers and education personnel to continue to be creative and innovate in carrying out learning activities,” he said. He also congratulated SEAQIS on its 12th anniversary, where SEAQIS has been an essential part of the development of science education in Indonesia and Southeast Asia for twelve years.
The speakers in this webinar were Prof Dr Triyanta, professor of physics at the Bandung Institute of Technology, and Dr Abdurrahman from the University of Lampung. In his presentation, Prof Triyanta discussed further scientific literacy (Science Literacy). He also discussed the importance of teachers in building a science-literate society. He also gave examples of questions that came out in PISA. Meanwhile, Dr Abdurrahman discussed growing literacy and numeracy through STEM-Makerspace. He revealed that Makerspace could provide opportunities for students to collaborate on hands-on learning and minds-on learning with teachers as facilitators, using critical thinking skills in a creative and innovative environment.
The webinar concluded with an interactive quiz using Kahoot! A total of one hundred participants who attended the Zoom cloud meeting and viewers of the SEAQIS YouTube channel admitted that they were delighted with participating in this webinar. In addition to gaining knowledge about literacy and numeracy in science learning, they are also happy to celebrate the 12th anniversary of SEAQIS.