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Integrating student centered approaches in science teacher training in Cambodia


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  • What can we offer you in the next 15 minutes.
  • Province surrounding Phnom Penh, the capital of CambodiaTotal population:
  • 4 pictures:Khmer rouge picture “Tuol Sleng”AgricultureBusy PP
  • Lack of teachers: picture of large classCauses:High birth rate (after KR fell)Lack of qualified teachersLack of school buildings & materialsLow salariesLack of teaching material: picture illustrating rote learning, small A4 poster…Lack of access to teaching resources (language, financially, IT skills)
  • Short description of educational context: EFA, Programme is aligned with other organisations, with vision on education shared by Ministry of education
  • Working toward teacher training material on science education. With techniques, examples, activities, experiments…
  • Material development:Lesson plansExperiments with manualTeacher training manualsPostersMonitoring includesfollow-up activities after workshopRegular lesson observationsYearly tests with teachers and studentsMovie fragment: SCA workshopMovie: lesson fragment with SCA try-out?
  • In cooperation with ministry of education and other donors
  • BarriersLimited knowledge and confidenceCosmetic application of student centered approachesHigh teacher rotationLimited sustainabilityEvaluationHigh student-teacher ratio and pupil-class ration
  • In contrast with “one fits all” shotgun approachTry-out techniques and discuss with teachers how to adapt to local circumstancesSCA should serve lesson objectives. Sometimes techniques are applied without considering impact on reaching lesson objectives.
  • Printed versions of full paper available in hard and soft copyInterested in teacher training manual, posters, experiments
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    • 1. Strengthening Student Centered Learning In Science Teaching In Cambodia
      Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010, Penang, Malaysia
    • 2. Contents
      Country context
      Education context
      Student centered approaches?
      Barriers encountered
      Lessons learned
    • 3. 1. Cambodia
      Kandal province
      Teacher training college, Kandal province
    • 4. 1. Cambodia
    • 5. 2. Context Education
    • 6. 2. Context Education
      Education For All (EFA) by 2015 (UNESCO)
      Child Friendly School Policy (UNICEF)
      Focus on increased enrollment
      Effective teaching and learning
      • Student centered approaches
      • 7. Skills
    • 3. student centered approaches
      Versus practice of “rote learning”
      Focus on:
      How things work?
      Conceptual science teaching
      Active reading
      Note taking
      Creative writing
      Formative assessment
      Collaborative learning
      Problem solving
    • 8. 3. student centered approaches
      Teacher satisfaction
      Student motivation
      Better learning
      Different learning styles
      Interest in science
    • 9. 4. Methodology
    • 10. 4. Methodology
      Training and monitoring at other training centers
      Testing and training at training center in Kandal
    • 11. 5. Barriers
      Lack of confidence
      Teaching material
      Lack of content knowledge
      High Absenteeism
      Curriculum & Textbook issues
      Teacher rotation
      Big classes
    • 12. 6. Lessons Learned
      Small groups & frequent feedback
      Time for localization of methodologies and materials
      E.g. adapt to lesson plan structure
      Focus on lesson objectives
      Monitor progress through peer-teaching and try-outs
      Focus on time aspect of SCA
      Quick-and-easy methodologies for fast results
      Involve both lecturers and teachers from practice schools
    • 13. 7. Further research
      Long term monitoring to measure impact on school level.
      In-depth analysis of barriers to student centered activities (experiments)
    • 14. 8. Contact
      Interested ?
      VVOB Cambodia