Participates in International Seminar in Paris Organized by main à la pâte Foundation
The La main à la pâte Foundation was established in 2011 by the prestigious French Academy of Sciences, and two tertiary-level teacher training institutions: the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), and the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon.
The Foundation focuses on promoting inquiry-based learning in primary and secondary schools, and with support from the French Ministry of Education and the Academy of Sciences, it organized the ninth international seminar on science and technology education in primary and secondary schools to fulfill the increasingly international and interdisciplinary scope of its mission.
The week-long seminar was held from June 18 to 23, 2018 with the goals of promoting inquiry-based science education (IBSE), sharing related teaching resources, and fostering international cooperation between the Foundation and its overseas partners.
Each of the 40 participating countries was asked to send a teacher and a decision-maker to facilitate the subsequent implementation of effective methodologies in their own country. Mr. Chen Kuan-ming, a researcher at Taiwan’s National Academy for Educational Research (NAER) and Mr. Lin Hsuan-an, a teacher at Taichung Municipal Chung-Yie High School took part representing Taiwan’s educational authorities.
The formal opening of the seminar was held on June 18 in the grand hall of the French Academy of Sciences. The speakers included Mr. Sébastien Candel, president of the Academy of Sciences, Mr. David Jasmin, president of La main à la pâte Foundation, and Judikaël Regnaut, deputy-director for International Cooperation at the French Ministry of Education. Ms. Lu Mei-chen, director of the Education Division of Taipei Representative Office in France and Ms. Hsu Lih-tien, secretary of the Education Division were invited to attend and they discussed upcoming projects to be organized in Taiwan with the Foundation, including science education workshops for teachers and a large-scale conference on climate change.
The theme of this 9th international seminar was Education for Sustainable Development, and there were presentations on topics such as strategies for local development of a pilot project, designing class resources, developing local support systems, and assessment mechanisms. At the final plenary session, attendees were invited to present the perspective of their own country.
Photo:From left: Lin Hsuan-an, a teacher at Chung-Yie High School in Taichung City, Lu Mei-chen, director of the Education Division of Taipei Representative Office in France, Mr. Chen Kuan-ming, a researcher at Taiwan’s National Academy for Educational Research (NAER), and Hsu Lih-tien, secretary of the Education Division, at the French Academy of Sciences, for the grand opening of the seminar.