Strengthening the Pedagogical Practice of Elementary Teachers through Inquiry Based Science Education. Guillermo Fernández de la Garza Member of the Board Innovation for Science Education. Context. Mexico has more than 25 million students in elementary education.
Strengthening the Pedagogical Practice of Elementary Teachers through Inquiry Based Science Education
Guillermo Fernández de la Garza
Member of the Board
Innovation for Science Education
IBSE &Professional Development of Teachers
National and International Networking
Anothermainfactorsthat has contributedtoenhancethemexicanteacher´sformationtoteachthroughInquiry are:
StateScience and TechnologyCouncils
NationalSecretary of Education
National and International Universities
Media and politicians
ECBI Programs in theStates
Children and Teachers
National and International ResearchInstitutions
National and International Bussiness and Consortia
Since 2001 INNOVEC and FUMEC have organized Six International Conferences on Science Education. This effort has been developed jointly with the National Ministry of Education Public, the Nuevo Leon State Government and the Mexican Academy of Sciences.
The Conferences have been a key element to consolidate different programs and initiatives, not only in Mexico but also in other Latin American Countries such as Chile, Panamá and Costa Rica.
In relation to pedagogy, it is fair to ask: what difference would it make to be working ‘with big ideas in mind’?
Teachers’ awareness of the big ideas –being able to explain how the ideas developed through students’ science activities relate to certain big ideas, however distantly – would lead to spending more time to study certain topics in depth,
Consciously building understanding into big ideas so that students arrive at a picture of the world in which parts are connected with each other.
In other words, it means both teachers and students realising that ‘Just as a house is not a pile of bricks, so science is not a pile of disconnected facts’ (p.47)
INNOVEC and The US – MexicoFoundationforSciencehave a strongcollaborationwiththeNationalScienceResources Center (NSRC). Mr. Leopoldo Rodríguez from INNOVEC ismember of the NSRC AdvisoryBoard.
With NSRC support and theChileanProgram, in February, 2006 INNOVEC organized a LASER Institutewheretherewasanimportantinvolvement of the local authorities, bussiness and scientificcommunitytosupportMexican IBSE programs.
Itwaspossibletocreate a commonvision and a strategic plan toincorporate a systemicmodel in thestateprograms.
La mainà la pâteProgram. France
La main à la pâteProgram in France and INNOVEC collaborated to produce the international edition of the DVD “Learning science and technology at primary school”.
This DVD was developed by the National Education Ministry and the French Academy of Sciences as a tool for the professional development of teachers.
INNOVEC also collaborated with La main à la pâte program to make the spanish edition of the book: “29 notions to savourer et faire savourer la science”. “ 29 notions to enjoy and making enjoy science”
students by principals in science classes in high ranking schools (see Exhibit 28):
to support their claims, or critique others’ claims.
related to science concepts, and it was clear that most drew the appropriate
most could identify ways in which their thinking about the science concepts had changed.
Students beneffited in the scholar year 2011-2012
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