M. Kapanadze. Teacher Education and Low Cost Experiments by TEMPUS Project LeAGUe”, GIREP 2016, Krakow.


TEACHER EDUCATION AND LOW COST EXPERIMENTS BY TEMPUS PROJECT LEAGUE

Marika Kapanadze
Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Abstract
The new national curricula for primary level of the secondary school in Georgia will be implemented starting from September 2016. One of the main directions in science curricula is inquiry. Teachers need to be prepared for the new approaches for working on development of their students’ inquiry skills. But the teachers are not ready for the new programs and they need support for professional development in this field. Ilia State University, one of the main providers of teacher training programs in Georgia, offers the possibility to science teachers for their professional development. The new professional development courses are prepared for science teachers at Ilia State University (ISU) in the frame of the TEMPUS project LeAGUe  – “A Network for Developing Lifelong Learning in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine”. The main aim of this project is to develop, implement and evaluate different LLL courses in participating countries. The new program for the science teachers, prepared at ISU is blended – part of it is run Face to Face and part is provided online. Teachers will learn how to design and prepare low cost experiments with everyday materials and implement them on primary level of the secondary school. The teachers on primary level have the difficulties to teach science, especially with the physics context. The pilot courses will be implemented in June 2016. Quantitative and qualitative tools will be used for the course evaluation. Participants will be asked to fill in the questionnaire for the quantitative study, and deepen interviews will be conducted for qualitative study.  The results of these studies will be presented on the poster together with  the structure of the professional development program, low costs physics experiments developed in the frame of this course and new approaches of science teacher training courses.

Keywords
Low costs experiments, science teachers, training program

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