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Teacher In-Service Program The South African Experience. September 2008 Nico Beute. National Development needs. Shortage of engineers in South Africa as in many developing countries Engineers are needed to provide the infrastructure needed for development Need for career guidance

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Teacher In-Service ProgramThe South African Experience

September 2008

Nico Beute

National Development needs

  • Shortage of engineers in South Africa as in many developing countries

    • Engineers are needed to provide the infrastructure needed for development

  • Need for career guidance

  • Enlarge pool of school leavers equipped to study engineering

    • High drop out rate of engineering students

    • Many other careers need maths, science and technology

  • Improve problem solving skills of learners

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.

TISP in South Africa

  • Training workshop held on 4-5 August 2006

  • Approximately 90 participants

    • 60 engineers

    • 30 from education departments

  • Excellent participation of Education Departments both during planning stage and follow up workshops

  • About 400 teachers were involved in the programme during 2006

We tried to meet the needs of South African Education Departments

  • We listen to what educators say

  • We try to understand educational principles

  • We co-operate with educators, and do not try to tell them what to do

  • Practical examples help the school child to understand difficult concepts

  • Show them what an engineer does

What we have achieved and what we want to achieve in South Africa

  • Workshop on 4 and 5 August was attended by 60 keen engineers and 30 officials from the National Department and most provincial Education departments

  • After the workshop we sent questionnaires to participants asking if they are still committed

  • Engineers in South Africa are ready and keen to help our teachers. This is proved by the feedback after the workshop

  • We now have regular planning meetings for follow up workshops for teachers

  • The educational challenge in the technological field in SA is enormous - but we are ready to face it

Purpose of TISP WorkshopsFor Educators and Engineers to join forces to:

  • Present Selected Lesson Plans

  • Evaluate Lesson Plans

  • Suggest improvements

  • Plan Training Sessions

  • Identify Presenters for Training Sessions

Presenters for Teacher Training In-Service Programmes for 2007


TISP Activities in SA in 2008

  • IEEE volunteer took TISP to his employer

    • Held planning meetings in Eastern Cape

    • Involved the social responsibilities person

    • TISP Sessions with 14 fellow employees

    • Now initiating TISP in other branches of company

  • Held meetings with all education departments to organise TISP workshop in November

  • Workshop in Nov will set dates for TISP sessions with teachers nationally

What leads to success?

  • Involve Education Departments

  • It needs a driver –

    • an engineer and someone in education

    • on national scale, on regional scale

  • Being from a university opens doors

  • Be a catalyst- involve others

    • eg SAIEEE, SAIME, ECSA, Companies & University

  • Get volunteers who believe in it

  • Target volunteers

  • Get funding – travel & material

    • IEEE,SAIEE, SAIME, Companies, Universities

  • Get an active planning team

Now for 2008 and 2009

  • We do it for our youth

  • The future of our country

  • Thank you for participating

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