The Galileo teacher-training programme invites the scientific and education communities to join their efforts and run workshops addressed to teachers in 2014.
Science curricula in schools evolve as the forefront of knowledge is pushed forward. Therefore teachers have to meet scientists and teacher trainers to update their understanding and practices.
The Galileo teacher-training programme encourages workshops with emphasis on both knowledge and methods. In particular, it supports the Inquiry Based Science Education [IBSE] in astronomy. Indeed, themes related to space sciences enable teachers to introduce many concepts in physics such as scales, gravity, and optics. Moreover, hands-on experiments about stars and planets may trigger pupils’ and students’ imagination as well as their scientific curiosity.
In this framework, teacher-training workshops are already planned for 2014 and the Galileo programme offers an opportunity to join the community, and run a workshop in your country. The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development will support the project.
Training materials devoted to Virtual Labs and IBSE resources are already available. The menu includes: Robotic Telescopes, eScience Tools and resources, eInfrasctructures database, Citizen Science Projects and Inquiry Science Education. Reports of actions in previous years are available on the Galileo teacher training programme website.
For any further information contact Rosa Doran rosa [dot] doran [at] nuclio [dot] pt or visit the Galileo teacher training programme website.