INSTITUTION TO TRAIN TEACHERS IN SCIENCE TEACHING
PRESIDENT ÁLVARO ROJAS HIGHLIGHTED THAT THROUGH THIS SPECIALIZATION COURSE, THE UNIVERSITY REINFORCES ITS PERMANENT COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT TEACHERS AND SCHOOLCHILDREN.
March 24, 2016
Our Corporation is imparting the intermediate level course called “Scientific Inquiry for Science Education (ICEC, in Spanish)” to help pre-school, primary and high school teachers to enhance the teaching of sciences in schools and high schools of the four provinces of the Maule Region. The initiative was inaugurated by the highest authorities of our Academic Institution at the Abate Molina Theater, in Talca.
The training, taking place every Saturday at the premises of the University, provides for a total of 400 teaching hours to 31 enrolled teachers.
This initiative came about thanks to an agreement established between the university, through the Vice President for Undergraduates office, and the State Department of Education. It includes a series of activities such as the Regional Conference on Inquiry in Science, carried out recently.
“This activity is framed within the agreement as an outreach activity, in which attending teachers participate, but also invited were the teachers of the educational establishments who are not taking the course, so that they get to know the activity and to participate in the scientific inquiry as a strategy for teaching science”, explained Marcela Vásquez, Vice President for Undergraduates.
For her part, the dean of the Department of Education Sciences, Rosanna Fiorentino, stressed that the development of teachers will benefit the schoolchildren.
“The pupils are going to have some space to express themselves in the sciences; that is the idea. It is the space of freedom in which he will reflect on the sciences that seem to be so harsh, but here we speak of the experimental sciences and non exact sciences. That is the stamp of innovation that is being received by the Region, and it is tremendously positive,” said the academic.
“Scientific inquiry means a new way of learning and a new way of teaching, through observation and confrontation of problems. The students shuffle the possibilities with their teacher and come to a solution; that way they acquire knowledge,” added Fiorentino.
The congress, which brought together a wide audience, was presided over by President Alvaro Rojas, and the deputy secretary (seremi) of Education for the Maule Region, Rigoberto Espinoza. It was also attended by university officials, academics, principals and teachers of the area of science.
During the opening of this specialization course, President Rojas talked about the role of our Academic Institution in the field of education.
“The University is going to grow according to its development plan, strengthening the training of teachers, under perhaps more modern technologies than we had historically. We believe that this is the true effort that should make all state universities for the benefit of their Region”, said the maximum academic authority.
The president highlighted the Virtual High School, the Let’s Link Project, the Science and Technology Fair, among other initiatives which demonstrate the ongoing commitment of our Institution to support the teachers and schoolchildren.
Likewise, he mentioned the repositioning of the Department of Education Sciences thanks to the High School Mathematics Teaching and High School English Teaching programs. At the same time, he emphasized that from next year the Corporation will seek to provide teaching and learning strategies in Primary School Education and Kindergarten.
The inaugural conference of the day was given by Professor Patricia Lopez, from the Alberto Hurtado University (photo). She talked about the importance of the ICEC method for the students. It is a procedure designed to enable students to develop the abilities and skills required to actively construct, in collaboration with their peers and teachers, the knowledge of science required by the State Department of Education in its curriculum.