SEAMEO QITEP in Science is an institution established on 13 July 2009 as the result of 44th SEAMEO Council Conference in Phuket, Thailand. Referring to the 2nd FYDP, the focal point of the vision and mission of the institution is “to be recognized as a regional Centre for excellence in improving the competence of science teachers and education personnel in Southeast Asia and beyond; as well as a reputable research and development institution in the region.”
In line with the statement above, the Research Development and IBSE Capacity Building division started to do research since 2013. However, the research was an independent research of the institution. Considering the Governing Board Member’s advice in the Governing Board Meeting in 2014, in 2015, SEAMEO QITEP in Science launched the first SEAQIS Research Grants by providing grants for 15 teachers’ researches.
To improve the quality of education in a formal context, teachers have a crucial role in actualising the mission, both through a learning process in a classroom and through a classroom action research. By conducting a classroom action research, teachers are expected to be able to improve their academic and professional skills. Hence, the education quality can be better and teachers can educate and equip students with essential values so that they will be able to face the current demands based on their potentials.
SEAMEO QITEP in Science, as an institution focusing on the development teachers and education personnel’s quality, gives a space for Sustainable Professional Development which consists of Self Development, Scientific Publications, and Innovative Works. Receiving the funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia in 2017, SEAMEO QITEP in Science invites all educators and education personnel (teachers, headmasters, supervisors, and trainers of teachers) to be involved in conducting research as one of the forms of Sustainable Professional Development. It is related to inquiry learning, raising the theme of Inquiry-based Learning in Schools as an Effort in Improving the Professionalism of Science Teachers and Education Personnel.
The objectives of the Research Grants SEAMEO QITEP in Science are:
The vision and mission of the institution can be achieved because of three prominent programmes, which are Professional Teacher Development, Learning Resources Development, and Professional Learning Communities represented by SEAQIS Research Grants 2017 Programme.
The significance of SEAQIS Research Grants are:
The publication materials in the form of SEAQIS Research Grants Seminar Proceedings can improve the corporate image of SEAMEO QITEP in Science.
The targets of SEAQIS Research Grants are educators and education personnel (teachers, headmasters, supervisors, and trainers of teachers) that have not received the research grants from SEAMEO QITEP in Science.