IAP Science Education Programme

Program Status
January 24, 2020
  • May302012
    May 30 2012 - Jun 01 2012 International Conference on Developing IBSE: New Issues
    International Conference jointly organized by IAP, All European Academies (ALLEA) & the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters on "Developing IBSE: New Issues - The roles of assessment and the relationship with industry" LATEST VERSION OF PROGRAMME    ...
    Faculty of Science

Since the beginning of this XXI century, IAP seeks to reform and develop science education on a global scale, especially in primary and secondary schools, with a pedagogy based on inquiry (Inquiry Based Science Education IBSE).

IBSE provides opportunities for students to see how well their ideas work in authentic situations rather than in abstract discussions. Students build knowledge through testing ideas, discussing their understanding with teachers and their peers, and through interacting with scientific phenomena.

Practical activity, involving a direct contact with reality, is an essential ingredient of IBSE, as the hands-on approach, combined with a ‘minds-on’ engagement, helps to develop a better understanding of scientific concepts and, even more important, of the nature of scientific reasoning. IAP supports a global action towards IBSE development, in order to foster exchanges and communication between a number of national or regional pilot projects. IAP supports and encourages these projects with specific support and especially through the involvement of science academies. This support has been continuously increasing since the year 2000, after the development of IAP capacity building activities with the Academies.

In order to accompany this growth, the IAP Science Education Programme (SEP), led by a Global Council of experts chaired by Wafa Skalli (Morocco), defines and implements to annual activities of the SEP on global and regional scales.

An overview of the SEP activities implemented from 2001-2007 can be found HERE.

A detailed presentation of recent activities (2008-2013) and plans for the future can be found HERE.

In addition to these IAP pages, Academies of Sciences run national activities, which can be found under the directory pages.

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