NATIONAL PRIZE WINNER CALLED FOR SCIENTISTS TO WORK WITH TEACHERS

JORGE ALLENDE TOLD TEACHERS ABOUT HIS CONCERNS ON THE CURRICULUM CHANGES AND STRESSED THE NEED TO WORK WITH THE ACADEMIA.



May 26, 2017

The seminar entitled "Is the Role of Teachers Changing?: Innovative Methodologies for the Teaching of Sciences" was held at the Linares Campus, as part of the inauguration of the academic year of the Conicyt’s Explora Maule PAR, from the University Social Responsibility Office (RSU), and was attended by 110 classroom teachers from throughout the Maule Region.
 
 
"We organized a roundtable discussion with our teachers and a National Prize winner, in addition to showing other successful experiences from teachers that do science daily, with the aim of creating a space for reflection and sharing good practices," said Ivan Coydan, Director of RSU and the Maule Region Conicyt Explora PAR.
 
 
At the opportunity, Jorge Allende, 1992 National Science Prize winner, talked about his experience in the dissemination of science and about how it is necessary to work in conjunction with researchers and scientists to improve the preparation of young people who will enroll in the universities. One of his major concerns is the elimination of experiments from the curriculum of science education delivered by the Government’s Department of Education. At that point he called the participants to create a group and join scientists in the defense of education.
 
 
"Because I believe that it is the best way for teachers to keep in touch with current science, which is changing very quickly and, then, it is very important that there is that connection between scientists and teachers. That way science is brought to society; they would act as our mediators," said Allende.
 
 At the seminar were presented three successful cases, in different educational contexts. Luis Perez, from the Maule Primary School, showed his strategy to teach the scientific method with household implements. Hector Parada, from the Linares Institute, taught his methodology in the classroom and at the lab, which resulted in 80% of his former students now studying programs in the scientific area. Finally, Roxana Nahuelcura, a teacher at the “Javiera Carrera” Liceo 1 High School, in Santiago, presented her model for school research development.
 
 
"Generations are changing and each one has different requirements, one must innovate to discover what the students want to learn, apart from what we want to teach them," said Roxana Nahuelcura.
 
 
The conversation space was valued by the attendants: "I think it is a good initiative that the University offer these seminars, as knowledge in science is constantly renewed and we need to link more with the scientific environment and acquire new strategies to improve learning in our students," said Christinne Oyarce, teacher at the Hualane High School.
 
 
Likewise, Rossana Fiorentinno, Dean of Department of Education Science, indicated the importance of reflecting on the role of the teacher in a world where the new generations and technology require new skills: "Teachers of the traditional system are not prepared for this, therefore it is necessary to change beliefs and be alert and prepare new teachers through the initial teacher training for the new paradigm," said the dean.



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