Title: Inter-Union meeting on education
Task Group Chairman: P.W.
Completion Date: 2002
Remarks: supported by UNESCO
To organize a meeting of scientific Unions in the physical sciences
and mathematics to discuss strategies for developing education in basic
sciences and mathematics and to establish collaboration between disciplines.
The proposed meeting will bring together the heads of the education
activities of IUPAC, IUBMB, IUBS, IUPAP, and IMU. The intention is to
lay the groundwork for future interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation
in this vital area. In the case of primary and secondary education,
the activities of all the Unions are directed at the same classrooms.
It is expected that sharing of experiences will bring new insights to
the participants. Plans for future collaboration should also be a significant
result of this meeting.
At a meeting of the chairmen of the education committees of some of
the scientific Unions held 17-18 February 2002, it was decided that
a useful first step towards collaboration on the solution of jointly
pressing problems would be a workshop in which the Unions presented
their problems and approaches to solutions to members of other Unions.
As a result, an Inter-Union Workshop on New Directions in the Teaching
and Learning of Science has been arranged for Friday, August 9,
2002, in Beijing, China, and during the 17th ICCE. In it, we shall hear
how members of two biologically orientated Unions (IUBS and IUBMB) tackle
the problems of science education in their disciplines in the hope that
we can learn new approaches from them. (Sponsored by UNESCO and ICSU,
arranged by IUPAC)
- Professor Ellis Bell, University of Richmond, Virginia (IUBMB)
and molecular biology for the 21 st century
- Professor Rodolphe Toussaint, University of Quebec (IUBS) with Professor
literacy and its implications for biology education
Chairman: Professor R. Bucat,
University of Western Australia
> read workshop
report, Chem Int Jan/Feb 2003, p.7
Last update: 17 July 2002
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