SEAQIS recently concluded one of its flagship programmes, the Training Course on Science Classroom Supervision (SCS). This five-day course was conducted through an online platform from 23 to 27 October 2023 with 69 participants from several SEAMEO member countries (Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Leste, Cambodia, and Malaysia). This course was officially opened by Prof Dr Nunuk Suryani – Director General of Teachers and Educators Personnel of the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology.
Distinguished experts in the field were instrumental in facilitating the event, such as Dr Harry Firman (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia); Prof Udin Syaefuddin Sa’ud (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia); Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong (SEAMEO RETRAC); Dr Suraiya Hameed (Queensland University); and the SEAQIS academic team. These speakers delivered valuable materials to the participants, including Trends and Issues on Global Science Education, Nature of Science, Science Classroom Supervision: New Paradigm on Supervision, Characteristics of STEM Learning, and Instructional Leadership.
Participants did more than passively absorb information throughout the event; they actively engaged in discussions, group-based learning, and hands-on activities to deepen their comprehension of the materials presented. Moreover, a post-test was administered at the end of the course to assess their understanding.
One of the participants, Ms Sherie May from the Philippines – the Principal of Dona Arsenia Elementary School – shared her impressions and message about SCS 2023. She emphasised the course’s remarkable value, noting that the knowledge she acquired truly benefited her role as a school principal and elevated her capabilities in instructional leadership. In addition, she expressed heartfelt gratitude to the facilitators and conveyed her enthusiasm for any future opportunities to partake in training courses organised by SEAMEO.
The Training Course on Science Class Supervision 2023 was officially closed by Mr Zuhe Safitra as the SEAQIS Deputy Director of Administration. This activity proved to be an enlightening experience for school principals and supervisors. It has undoubtedly fortified their competencies in supervising science education and conducting instructional leadership in their schools and respective countries. While the event has come to an end, the expectation is that the participants will carry forward their knowledge and skills to generate a positive impact on academic supervision.
Writer: Sheren Agustin
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