UTALCA TRAINED PROFESSORS IN THE USE OF THE INVESTIGATIVE METHOD

CORPORATION PREPARED TEACHERS OF ALL LEVELS TO PROMOTE THE INVESTIGATIVE METHOD AND INCREASE THE INTERESTS OF CHILDREN AND TEENS IN SCIENCE.



September 16, 2016

The Universidad de Talca and the Government’s Department of Education certified the first 31 teachers from municipal schools of the Maule Region who specialized in teaching science to kindergarten, primary and secondary school students, through the “investigative method ".

This training was imparted by the UTALCA through a 400-hour course, thanks to the Scientific Research for the Teaching of Science Program (Icec), promoted by the Department of Education.

In this way, the teachers were trained to spread new teaching methodologies that will promote the interest of schoolchildren to understand the world that surrounds them.

The activity was presided over by the Vice President for Undergraduates, Marcela Vásquez, and the Coordinator of the Science Team of the General Education Division of the Department of Education, Daniel Caffi.

In addition, regional, provincial and communal authorities and representatives of primary and secondary education establishments also attended.

Guides

The Vice President stressed that the investigative method taught during the Icec allows teachers to be mediators or guides, who plan the students’ activities to achieve long-lasting learning in comparison to conventional methodologies. She argued that this form of learning reflects the "tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I’ll remember, involve me and I’ll understand" postulate.

"Is a great satisfaction for the University to have contributed to showing the teachers how to teach science.” We believe that this is very important in the learning process of the students. The aim is to bring students from young age closer to knowledge, and to feel that the phenomena of everyday life are explained. No doubt this is going to give them much more significant learning, because by making questions they research and get their own answers", said Marcela Vasquez.

She added that this teachers training is part of the commitment of the UTALCA to the social environment and to the education of the Maule Region.

In addition to this group of already certified educators, there are other 45 teachers from the Maule Region who enrolled for the second version of this training which will end in January 2017.

For his part, Daniel Caffi argued that the program is part of the policy strengthening public education in the country.

"We hope that the teachers begin to radiate in their educational communities what they learned in this course. These teachers are called upon to build professional learning communities, because they have knowledge about the teaching of science and why teach it", he said.

Problems

The academic from the Biological Sciences Institute, Jose San Martin, who directs the Icec course, said that the certified teachers will receive advice from our Academic Institution during the application of the investigative method.

"Students will not have to wait to receive the knowledge, because they will now have the opportunity to propose and do things: the teacher will be a counselor. Children will search for the knowledge and the solution to problems, because they will work based on questions like, for example: why does an apple float? ", explained the scientist.

Regarding the origin of this methodology, the professional explained that it comes from the United States. "The Chilean Sciences Academy has members in the USA Sciences Academy. There, they understood what it was about, took it with the support of that country and offered it to the Government’s Department of Education, which adopted it, and that's what was taught in this course," he said.



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