Senior Lecturer, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
explore global and local contexts to enrich learner experiences through engagement & collaboration
Science is a field that requires inquiry, creativity and collaboration. Thus, teaching science requires methodologies and styles that focus on students’ retention, gradual assimilation and knowledge application. A teaching style that de-emphasises the role of students as active partakers in their learning may not effectively achieve retention, assimilation and application. These give a clarion call to teachers on the need to re-purpose their teaching to be inquiry-based, contextualised and learner engaging; all of which are learner-centred. How fun will it be if students are taught mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science using localized, culturally-situated and traditional context materials, language and art? Imagine teaching students of physics - law of gravity, Archimedes principle, digestive system in biology using corresponding games, proverbs & tradition in their local context? The approach of this collaborative effort is crowdsourcing for ideas from within local environment through a repository that will serve as an avenue for sharing and further collaboration glocally (both globally and locally). For this reason, we have created a repository to serve a dual purpose: • 1. where our knowledge contributors can deposit their ideas, • 2. where all educators/learners can quench their thirst for novel ideas. • We become not just consumers but creators of innovations/knowledge and teaching methodology • Repository more like Wiki • Contributors sign up, upload their contributions and wait for approval from administrators. • Our Contributors include: • Student-teachers from National Colleges of Education and Faculties of Education and related faculties across Universities; • In-service science teachers in both Primary and Secondary Schools; • Retired teachers with relevant experiences of local languages, cultures and traditional games/activities/songs/proverbs to enrich content • Professors from related disciplines to enrich the subject content • Educators to validate pedagogical and assessment issues of contributions, lesson notes, activity sheets. It should also be understood that these approaches require broadening participation through building a network of teachers, experts in the field of the identified subjects, local/cultural experts and other stakeholders to brainstorm on how to expand opportunities for students’ learning. This will require government, parents, schools’ administrators’ support both morally and financially.
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