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The Teacher In-Service Program in Trinidad & Tobago. September 2008 Port of Spain, Trinidad Douglas Gorham IEEE Educational Activities. Program Background and Scope. The Immediate Objectives.

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The teacher in service program in trinidad tobago

The Teacher In-Service Program in Trinidad & Tobago

September 2008

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Douglas Gorham

IEEE Educational Activities



The immediate objectives
The Immediate Objectives

  • Train IEEE volunteers to train pre-university teachers, so that the teachers can be more effective in bringing engineering and engineering design into the classroom

  • Train IEEE volunteers to approach the school system in order to make the teacher training possible

  • Make this activity sustainable and long-term


The long term goals
The Long-term Goals

  • Empower Section “champions” to develop or enhance collaborations with their local pre-university community to promote applied inquiry-based learning

  • Enhance the level of technological literacy of pre-university educators

  • Encourage pre-university students to pursue technical careers, including engineering

  • Increase the general level of technological literacy of pre-university students for many years.


Why participate in a teacher in service program
Why Participate in a Teacher In-Service Program?

Enhance the level of technological literacy of:

  • Teachers

  • Students

  • The local school community


Why participate in a teacher in service program1
Why Participate in a Teacher In-Service Program?

  • Enhance the standing of IEEE and the engineering profession in the eyes of pre-university educators and students

  • Promote engineering as a program of study and career choice

  • Encourage IEEE member participation


Why participate in a teacher in service program2
Why Participate in a Teacher In-Service Program?

Have fun


Tisp presentations by section a partial list
TISP Presentations by Section (a partial list)

  • Chattanooga, TN

  • Miami, FL

  • Florida West Coast

  • Santa Clara, CA

  • Piura, Peru

  • North Jersey, NJ

  • Republic of South Africa

  • Lima, Peru

  • Central Indiana

  • Jamaica

  • Atlanta, GA

  • Houston, TX

  • Central North Carolina

  • Malaysia


Metrics to date
Metrics To Date

  • 80 presentations to date

  • More than 1813 pre-university educators have participated

  • Science, technology and mathematics educators

  • These educators represent 197,000+ students


Metrics to date1
Metrics To Date

Over 90% of the respondents agreed:

  • They would use the concepts presented in their instruction

  • Doing so would enhance the level of technological literacy of their students


Counting the cost
Counting the Cost

  • $300 (USD) to $1200 (USD) per year will sustain a very active teacher in-service program in a Section


Counting the cost1
Counting the Cost

Re-useable materials and hardware


Counting the cost expendables
Counting the CostExpendables


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Trinidad & Tobago Schools and TISP (1)

  • The Vision of the Ministry is to be”

    “A pacesetter in the holistic development of an individual through an education system, which enables meaningful contributions within the global context.”


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Trinidad & Tobago Schools and TISP (2)

  • The Mission of the Ministry is

    “To lead the modernization and renewal of the system of education.”

    Core values include “integrity and trust, respect, customer service, teamwork, love, loyalty and commitment”


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Trinidad & Tobago Schools and TISP (3)

  • “The Healthy Citizen” (partial list)

    • Is conversant with the demands of the 21st century

    • Is Technologically Aware

    • Is functionally literate

    • Has a strong work ethic

    • Is responsible

    • Is Creative

    • Is productive


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Trinidad & Tobago Schools and TISP (4)

  • The objectives of the Secondary Education Modernization Programme (1999) include:

    • The reform and expansion of the secondary school system that will result in five years of high quality secondary education

    • The creation of a curriculum that is relevant to the very demanding and dynamic world of work

    • The development of teaching technologies that will produce graduates who can adapt to the rapid changes being brought about through technological advances and globalization


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Trinidad & Tobago Schools and TISP (5)

  • Sample curriculum areas in science:

    • Matter and materials

      • Properties of materials

    • Structures and mechanisms

      • Levers, pulleys and gears

      • Forces act on structures

    • Energy

      • Electrical energy

      • First law of magnetism

      • Series and parallel circuits

      • Investigating an electromagnet


References
References

  • http://www.nationmaster.com/country/td-trinidad-and-tobago/edu-education

  • http://handouts.aacrao.org/am08/finished/T0130p_K_Trayte.pdf


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