Recently, it has been socially recognized that more young people are moving away from the sciences. Some survey results indicated that young people spend less time for studying for themselves, which suggested that it is necessary to develop their desire to learn to cultivate solid academic capabilities. Behind the trend is the fact that science teachers are lacking in teaching ability. It is important for science teachers to learn the information on cutting-edge science and technology, however, many teachers point out that they do not have enough time for developing new teaching materials and updating scientific knowledge. At the same time, researchers have been encouraged outreach activities and communicating to the society. But in many cases, they tend to talk to the society on their research works only as lecturers, where interactive communication hardly exists. This is also recognized as a problem in public understanding of science and technology. In the conventional training programs for teachers, lecturers (eg. researchers) and students (eg. science teachers) usually have separated roles as information suppliers and information receivers respectively. This research aims to establish a new type of training program for science teachers that they are proactively involved to learn the effective teaching method by sharing knowledge and ideas working together with researchers. Such an interactive training program is expected to provide a new opportunity for both science teachers and researchers to improve their teaching skills and to communicate scientific information to the society. The new training program is designed based on the analysis to understand the current situation of training system for science teachers in high schools. This training program is conducted to biology teachers with a researcher from university, followed by a questionnaire survey to the participants to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

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New training program for science teachers by interactive communication

Hiromi Yamamoto   National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Masanori YAMADA   National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Naoko YAMASHINA   National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Yukako IMAOKA   National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Yuko SAKAI   National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Recently, it has been socially recognized that more young people are moving away from the sciences. Some survey results indicated that young people spend less time for studying for themselves, which suggested that it is necessary to develop their desire to learn to cultivate solid academic capabilities. Behind the trend is the fact that science teachers are lacking in teaching ability. It is important for science teachers to learn the information on cutting-edge science and technology, however, many teachers point out that they do not have enough time for developing new teaching materials and updating scientific knowledge. At the same time, researchers have been encouraged outreach activities and communicating to the society. But in many cases, they tend to talk to the society on their research works only as lecturers, where interactive communication hardly exists. This is also recognized as a problem in public understanding of science and technology. In the conventional training programs for teachers, lecturers (eg. researchers) and students (eg. science teachers) usually have separated roles as information suppliers and information receivers respectively. This research aims to establish a new type of training program for science teachers that they are proactively involved to learn the effective teaching method by sharing knowledge and ideas working together with researchers. Such an interactive training program is expected to provide a new opportunity for both science teachers and researchers to improve their teaching skills and to communicate scientific information to the society. The new training program is designed based on the analysis to understand the current situation of training system for science teachers in high schools. This training program is conducted to biology teachers with a researcher from university, followed by a questionnaire survey to the participants to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

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