Activities in 2014: The IAP Global Science Education Programme biennial Conference on Challenges and Opportunities of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education” took place in Beijing, China from 28-30 October 2014. Follow the link to the Events page for more information, and to the Beijing Declaration, endorsed by the IAP Executive Committee and released after the event.
Activities in 2013:
Other activities undertaken:
The 2012 IAP-SEP Helsinki Global Conference. A Global Conference was held in Helsinki from 29 May – 1 June 2012 on the theme Developing IBSE: the roles of assessment and the relationship with industry. Most of the Conference was devoted to the first topic (Assessment) and especially the formative assessment of students when the goals of IBSE are to be fulfilled. The exchanges were fruitful for the over 100 participant from over 58 countries, plus a strong local participation of Finnish teachers and scholars. These exchanges showed how important, for the progress of IBSE worldwide, to have proper protocols of student’s assessment and even before, to have properly defined what should be assessed and how.
The full Report of the SEP 2012 Helsinki Conference is available HERE.
The Conference discussions encouraged the SEP Council to go ahead with the preparation of the guide Assessment and Inquiry-Based Science Education : Issues in Policy and Practice. Published in January 2013 by Wynne Harlen with the support of an Editorial Committee composed of Derek Bell, Jens Dolin, Pierre Léna, Shelley Peers, Xavier Person, Patricia Rowell and Edith Saltiel, this guide is available in various forms:
1. Assessment and Inquiry-Based Science Education : Issues in Policy and Practice (in English) (E-book version)
2. Order one or several printed copies from LULU with postal delivery
Other language versions are available in French, Serbian, and Spanish. Follow the links below in "More on this" to download the translations. Chinese and German language versions will be available in due course.
The 2010 IAP-SEP York Global Conference. An international conference was convened in York, UK (27-29 October 2010) to discuss the many issues involved in beginning or extending the use of Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) in the secondary school. In many countries IBSE is being implemented in primary schools (schools for children up to the age of 11/12). In some cases this has resulted from projects initiated through the IAP science education programme which has been promoting inquiry-based teaching and learning in primary schools since 2004. One of the reasons for extending IBSE into secondary schools is to provide continuity in the experience of students as they move through school. Equally there are many challenges to be met in making the changes in secondary school science practice. Cases studies and presentations of on-going work in 12 of the 38 countries represented at the conference can be found on the conference website (https://www.wellcometrustevents.org/ibse). In preparation for the conference a background paper was produced, following a Eurolatinamerican workshop held in Santiago, Chile, in January 2010. This report builds on the background paper making clear what is meant by IBSE and why it is important that it is implemented in secondary as well as in primary schools. It also considers what changes may be needed in secondary science education if all students are to have the benefits of learning through inquiry, the challenges in making these changes and how these challenges can begin to be addressed. Download the full report of the 2010 York Conference HERE.
Science education in Science magazine (AAAS) ...
Several editorials have outlined the role of Academies and given visibility to the IAP-SEP Program in front of the international scientific community. Since 2009, Science devotes a significant space to science education issues in the US and worldwide.
An IAP-related contribution to IBSE content and pedagogy: Big ideas of science and on science.
At the invitation of Wynne Harlen (UK), member of the IAP-SEP Global Council and Purkwa Prize laureate 2009, an international team including several members of the Global Council met in 2010 to prepare a book on Principles and big ideas in science education.
Several of the authors of the book (D. Bell, R. Deves, H. Dyasi, G Fernandez de la Garza, P Léna, R Millar, M Reiss, P Rowell, Wei Yu) are active contributors to the IAP Global Science Education Program. Download Principles and big ideas in science education, in English. Translations of the Book are available in the following languages:
French (Dix notions-clefs pour enseigner la science, Le Pommier, Paris, 2011)
Links to science education actions implemented at a Regional level:
• The Americas
In addition to the above, IAP Members/Observer organizations implement a number of activities in science education at a national level, for example the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF). Follow the links below: