IAP Science Education Programme: an introduction

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November 29, 2017

The 2012 Helsinki Conference on "Developing IBSE: the roles of assessment and the relationship with industry" was organized by the IAP Science Education Programme and attended by participants from more than 50 countries ...

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Issued following the Helsinki Conference 2012, under the direction of Wynne Harlen (UK) this Assessment Guide addresses a fundamental issue for the development of IBSE worldwide ...

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Acting jointly with IAP and ALLEA, a large number of European Science Academies published a report in 2012 on "A renewal of science education in Europe: Views and actions of Science Academies" as an overview of the status of IBSE ...

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) held in 2010 a Workshop in Pretoria on "Inquiry-Based Education for Girls, in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science, to provide a platform for the sharing of information on an innovative approach to teaching and learning. Follow the link to download the Report and Booklet ...

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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, in 2011 the IAP Science Education Programme (SEP) has defined Terms of Reference , organising its effort on global and regional scales, by designating lead Academies and scientists to be in charge of the projects.

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.