Scientific literacy supports students and teachers alike in understanding headlines, making wise decisions, and tackling complex challenges. To promote scientific literacy, the NTDP programme and scheme, makes science learning more engaging and accessible for all learners.
Our instructional resources deftly use inquiry-based approaches to deepen understanding of science concepts, build data literacy and critical thinking, hone reading and writing skills in the context of science investigation, and broaden participation in meaningful science.
Our science experts support educators in building learners’ data literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, and discourse skills. From all of our work, we produce usable and practical knowledge that helps inform Science teachers, education leaders, decision-makers, and policy makers.
Learning more about effective science teaching from the NTDP programme has over the years, motivated science leaders to develop their own teaching, to ‘take risks’ and be more adventurous with their choice of resources and teaching strategies.
We are surrounded by technology and the products of science every day. Public policy decisions that affect every aspect of our lives are based in scientific evidence. And, of course, the immensely complex natural world that surrounds us illustrates infinite scientific concepts. As children grow up in an increasingly technologically and scientifically advanced world, they need to be scientifically literate to succeed.
Ideally, teaching the scientific method to students is teaching them how to think, learn, solve problems and make informed decisions. These skills are integral to every aspect of a student’s education and life, from school to career.
NATIONAL TEACHERS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (NTDP)
The National Teachers development Program (NTDP) was set up to meet the following objectives:
- Raise both the intellectual capacity and morale of existing teachers.
- Address the lack of interest shown by people towards the teaching profession and as a result attract better brains into the sector.
- Guarantee the nation, a better and productive tomorrow through the agency of proper youth development program driven by adequately trained and sufficiently motivated teachers.
- The teachers already enjoying the advantage of having the most contact with our youths, shall thus be effectively mobilized and galvanized to serve as agents of positive change in the society waging silent wars against such social ills as examination malpractice, youth restiveness, etc.
With this programme at Genius Illumina, imparting on students by trained teachers helps them to:
- Develop intuition and deepen understanding of concepts.
- Apply concepts learned in class to new situations.
- Experience basic phenomena.
- Develop critical, quantitative thinking.
- Develop experimental and data analysis skills.
- Learn to use scientific apparatus.
- Learn to estimate statistical errors and recognize systematic errors.
- Develop reporting skills (written and oral).
- Practice collaborative problem solving.
- Exercise curiosity and creativity by designing a procedure to test a hypothesis.
- Better appreciate the role of experimentation in science.
- Test important laws and rules.
Research tells us that the biggest impact on young people’s performance at school is the quality of teaching they receive. But to provide high-quality inspirational lessons, all teachers should have access to continuing professional development to keep up-to-date with the latest research and ways of teaching.
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