Antalya Declaration on Interdisciplinary Practices in Science and Technology Education
The ICASE World Conference on Science and Technology Education was held in Antalya, Turkey from 1-5 November 2016. We, the conference participants from 23 countries across Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America and North America believe that education through science should be relevant to learners of all ages to include all levels of formal education and all opportunities of informal education.
Interdisciplinary practices in science and technology require teachers to be equipped with quality teacher education and teaching materials for both learning in and out of the classroom. However, parents, industry, government officials, and the wider community need to recognize that education has changed from when they were students. Science and technology are a part of everyone’s life and therefore necessitates functional literacy. While there are some teachers who may not realize they are already incorporating interdisciplinary practices, not enough teachers have been trained nor are enough student teachers being prepared for the interdisciplinarity of education through science and technology.
The conference participants call upon all involved in research, policy development and practice in Science and Technology Education to carry out their actions in implementing this Declaration in their region of the world, acknowledging the key role of teachers for all students.
We resolve to:
- raise ICASE member organizations appreciation of the value of interdisciplinary science and technology education (STE) for raising teacher diversity of teaching approaches and assessment techniques and for ICASE to provide support and encouragement in this,
- highlight the importance of education through science to promote problem-solving, decision-making and personal development of not only teachers but also their students,
- build on students’ intrinsic motivation and initial enthusiasm for learning through interdisciplinary science and technology,
- encourage conceptual learning within a context-based environment that adopts and adapts relevant interdisciplinary practices not just in science and technology,
- pursue educational policies related to promoting education through science both within society and the world of work/industry,
- promote a common language for the goals of education through science that recognizes its place in the interdisciplinary education of students,
- rethink current certification and summative examination policies as a means to enable greater attention to assessment of personal and social development of the individual through teaching within science and technology,
- work in collaboration with UNESCO, science teacher associations, national and regional governments and other NGOs to further the cause of science and technology education in a changing world.