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In-Country Training

TITLE
DATES
1
LESSON STUDY: IMPROVING INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES IN THE SCIENCE/
MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM
NEGOTIABLE
(In-Country training for Fiscal Year 2011/2012 is open for request. More details below.
2
ACTION RESEARCH: ENHANCING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE SCIENCE / MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM AND RESOLVING CLASSROOM PROBLEMS
3
ACTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCIENCE
4
MAKING SENSE OF SECONDARY SCIENCE THROUGH INQUIRY: PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING AT WORK
5
INTEGRATING ICT INTO SCIENCE INSTRUCTION
6
REALISTIC MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (RME) FOR MEANINGFUL LEARNING IN PRIMARY MATHEMATICS
7
ENHANCING HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS IN MATHEMATICS
8
ENHANCING MEANINGFUL LEARNING IN SECONDARY / PRIMARY MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION USING ICT

IN-COUNTRY COURSES

The in-country courses are courses offered by SEAMEO RECSAM to all SEAMEO member countries for their teachers/teacher educators to be trained in their own countries. The courses will be conducted upon request by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the member country for either Primary or Secondary Science and Mathematics teachers/teacher educators for up to five days (30 hours) duration. 

The in-country courses will be conducted on first-come-first-served basis. The topic of the courses can be chosen from the list provided by RECSAM or can be proposed by the requesting country based on their needs. Titles of courses available for in-country training will be announced before the beginning of each fiscal year.

Special in-country courses are offered for Malaysian teachers each year in the form of workshops in RECSAM or for a specially convened course outside of RECSAM requested by a region to train their teachers/teacher educators in mathematics or science education at their premises.

The Guidelines

  • The centre will offer in-country courses each year to all SEAMEO member countries for Science and Mathematics Education.
  • The requested courses must be conducted in the country requesting the course.
  • English will be used as the medium of instruction in all the courses. Participants must therefore have a working knowledge of English to fully benefit from the course.
  • Beginning Fiscal Year 2010/2011, six in-country courses will be offered to six SEAMEO member countries each fiscal year, with a maximum of one in-country training per member country per fiscal year.
  • If there are more than six member countries requesting for a particular year, preference will be given to member countries that have not benefited from the training during the previous year. In other cases, acceptance will be based on first-come-first-served basis.
  • For each in-country course, SEAMEO RECSAM will endeavour to send two facilitators.
  • RECSAM funds facilitators’ airfare and per diem but the respective MOE will provide for the other requirements.
  • The country requesting for the in-country course should:
  • Initiate negotiation with RECSAM at least 3 (three) months before the start of the programme to allow the time for consultants to prepare.
  • Provide the necessary information regarding:
    -     the number of participants (not more than 40)
    -     participants’ particulars
    -     provision of training, venue, equipment, facilities and supplies
    -     administrative services
  • Provide the facilitators:
    -     transportation, inclusive of airport transfers and transportation to       training venue
    -     logistics support as required throughout the duration of the training


The following are brief description of the in-country courses conducted by RECSAM..

1.        LESSON STUDY: IMPROVING INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES IN THE SCIENCE/
MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM

Brief Description
Provides participants with knowledge and skills to initiate and design small-scale Lesson Study projects aimed at improving classroom practices in their schools. Introduces the essential elements of the Lesson Study process and discusses the idea of lesson study as a form of continuing professional development.

Target Participants
Primary/ Secondary Science/ Mathematics teachers

2.         ACTION RESEARCH: ENHANCING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE SCIENCE / MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM AND RESOLVING CLASSROOM PROBLEMS

Brief Description
Focuses on action research as a means to enhance classroom practice. Discusses the idea of action research and its methods and strategies. Preparation of an action plan for undertaking a small-scale action research in school.

Target Participants
Primary/ Secondary Science/ Mathematics teachers

3.         ACTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCIENCE

Brief Description
Introduces participants to a wide range of active teaching and learning approaches designed to enhance students’ learning in the science classroom.
Techniques for conducting full class learning, small group learning, stimulating discussions and debates, developing process skills and experimental capabilities will be presented.

Target Participants
Primary/Secondary school teachers

4.        MAKING SENSE OF SECONDARY SCIENCE THROUGH INQUIRY: PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING AT WORK

Brief Description
Introduces participants to the nature and characteristics of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approaches, the schema of the PBL process, facilitating collaborative small group learning and challenges in implementing PBL in the science classroom. It focuses on problem scenario design and development and appropriate assessment tools to gauge students’ performance during PBL lessons.

Target Participants
Primary/Secondary school teachers

5.        INTEGRATING ICT INTO SCIENCE INSTRUCTION

Brief Description
Focuses on integration of readily available tools into science instruction. Some of the tools include multimedia (linear and non-linear), applets/flashlets and concept mapping tools.

Target Participants
Secondary school teachers and trainers with basic experience in ICT

6.        REALISTIC MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (RME) FOR MEANINGFUL LEARNING IN PRIMARY MATHEMATICS

Brief Description
Introduces participants to the approach of mathematics education where a real-world situation or a context problem is taken as the starting point of learning mathematics.

Target Participants
Primary school teachers. educators

7.        ENHANCING HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS IN MATHEMATICS

Brief Description
Equip participants with principles and strategies that enhance their higher order thinking ability to tackle challenging mathematical problems. Participant will learn to use the model drawing and heuristics approach for solving higher order thinking problems.

Target Participants
Primary and middle school teachers, curriculum development officers, remediation teachers and lecturers

8.        ENHANCING MEANINGFUL LEARNING IN SECONDARY / PRIMARY MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION USING ICT

Brief Description
Provides participants with the opportunities to enhance teaching and learning mathematics using powerful tools through problem solving, exploration and investigation, and cooperative learning approaches.

Target Participants
Primary/Secondary Mathematics teachers, educators, lecturers



For enquiries:
Director
SEAMEO RECSAM
Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah
11700 Gelugor
Pulau Pinang
Malaysia

Email: director@recsam.edu.my
          flk@recsam.edu.my

Phone:  +604-6577700
Fax:      +604-6522737

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