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Science Communication for STEM Education | Workshop

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Science communication is a branch of communication strategies employed to deliver science-related content that are typically more complex and thus prone to misunderstanding. Current pedagogical training for school teachers in the region lacks specific science communication training, which limits success in the classroom particularly for very abstract and complex topics (for example vectors and plant reproduction). As a result, there is inadequate science literacy, diminishing interest, and increased anxiety towards STEM learning among K-12 learners.

The three-day virtual workshop Science Communication for STEM Education, tailored to high-school Biology and Chemistry educators in the Philippines, empowers educators with practical skills to deliver science content more effectively to students. The workshop design was informed by a needs analysis and focus group discussion involving 18 STEM educators in the Philippines, to specifically target their professional development needs. This workshop was held in partnership with the Malaysian Science Communication Network and happened on 14, 16 and 21 June 2023.

Core modules covered are:

  1. Using Chunking and the ABT narrative structure to explain complex science concepts in an accessible way to students
  2. Promoting active student learning through distinguishing constructive/stimulating questions and dead-end types, and using declarative language to guide classroom discussion
  3. Apply audience profiling to gauge student interests, and make use of digital tools to facilitate science communication
  4. Apply these strategies in real-life by crafting a lesson plan

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the trainers in these workshops are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

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