The British Council in collaboration with Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune hosted three day Teacher Training workshop on STEM, from 10-12 March 2016 at IISER, Pune.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) aims to support knowledge exchange and partnership opportunities between the UK and India on STEM education approaches to build the human resource capacity for economic development and social well-being.
The training workshop focused majorly on developing Research based Pedagogical tools, as it would procure ready to deploy research based learning modules from UK. There were five parallel workshops in the area of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Earth and Climate sciences. This would train teachers to use the same pedagogical tools in their teachings. Sheffield Hallam University and their faculty facilitated the workshop.
Manjula Rao, Assistant Director, Internationalising Higher Education, India, Education and Society “We are very happy to be associated with a premier institute like IISER. STEM Teacher training workshop will prove to be extremely useful for teachers as it aims at making Indian teachers and students aware of the demands of the world. The workshop will not only develop the teaching tools but also help them to form a network for engagement. British Council has always worked towards engaging the best talent of UK and India, STEM is yet another step towards it.”
The paramount objective is to train and create awareness among 200 teachers to use pedagogical tools in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Earth and Climate Sciences. The programme highlighted the growing demand for STEM education in India, thereby emphasizing its importance to become globally competent and employable and develop a network of STEM teachers for better peer-to-peer interactions on pedagogy.
The holistic endeavor of this workshop is to widen the expertise of trainers / UK experts to help develop project-based pedagogical tools that appeal to different target groups with diverse backgrounds and strengths and to expand the scope of learning by cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural interactions
About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff, including 2,000 teachers, work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.
The British Council was established in India in 1948. The British Council is recognized across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centers. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.
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