The Next Generation of Teachers Project (Next Gen) which aims to build institutional capacities of teacher education institutions (TEIs) in the Asia-Pacific region has three main strategies:
i) Enhance leadership in TEIs through the Deans Forum;
ii) Update skills of teacher educators in ICT-pedagogy integration; and
iii) Catalyze curriculum reform in pre-service teacher education.
Phase One of Next Gen from 2006-2008 implemented activities mainly addressing the first two strategies. Under Phase Two of Next Gen (2009-2011), a series of workshops on curriculum development will be the focus (in addition to ICT-pedagogy integration workshops and Deans’ Forum) to address the third strategy. The workshop in Jakarta is the fifth of its kind (see list below).
1. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (31 August 31 – 4 September 2009)
2. Manila, Philippines (26-30 October 2009)
3. Phnom Penh, Cambodia (14-18 December 2009)
4. Hanoi, Vietnam (14-18 June 2010)
5. Jakarta, Indonesia (27 September – 1 October 2010)
Overall, the workshop aims to provide guidance to Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) to define its own curriculum for ICT-pedagogy integration for pre-service teacher education.
Twenty-one participants from two Universities, Directorate General for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel, Center for Information Technology and Communication, Curriculum Center, National Commission for UNESCO and Education Development and Empowerment Centres participated in the five-day workshop.
Summary of the Workshop Outcome:
The workshop started with the levelling of expectation through clarifying the Curriculum Development Workshop objectives by UNESCO resource person. Most participants wished to
Mr. Abdurrahman Gintings, a representative from Directorate Training and Development, Directorate General for Quality Improvement of Teacher and Education Personnel (Bindiklat-MONE), gave a presentation on the Information and Communication Technology in Teacher Education in Indonesia. The biggest challenge faced by the Ministry of National Education is that there are a large number of teachers but unqualified teachers account for 63.1 percent of the entire body of educators, some not even holding Bachelor’s Degree. The MONE have responded to such issues with the Declarations of Teachers as a Field of Work Profession in 2004 recognizing the status of teachers as professionals, and directing the attention of National Policy towards teacher qualifications (pedagogical, professional, personality and social).
For ICT, there are insufficient ICT-skilled educators to support the MONE plan to introduce ICT Curriculum throughout the archipelago. The government introduced National Policy of ICT planning for development & implementation on education earlier in the decade to collaborate with ICT industry to develop and implement ICT curriculum and make ICT user as essential part of instruction in primary, secondary, university and training centres. The latter is aimed to raise ICT qualifications among teachers with the aid of ICT.
Intel Teach Indonesia as resource body on this workshop shared experience on Intel Teach program activities in Indonesia, including details of modules within two courses offered by Intel, i.e. Getting Started and Essentials, of which materials are available in Bahasa Indonesia. Clarifications on the content module and objectives helped participants from Universities, Teacher Training Centres, and Centre for Information Technology and Communication determine whether the Intel courses offered are suitable for their in-service and pre-service teacher training needs. The Nusantara Islamic University shared the experience in institutionalizing Intel Teach curriculum in both undergraduate and graduate levels using the cascade training model.
The participants are finished the development of courses as follow:
1. Mathematics Education Development and Empowerment Centre: Utilization and Development of ICT-based Mathematics Teaching and Learning
2. Kindergarten and Special Needs Education Development and Empowerment Centre: ICT Training for Special Needs Teachers
3. Jakarta State University and University of Education Indonesia: ICT Integration into Teaching and Learning
4. Centre for Information Technology and Communication: Utilization of ICT-based Learning Materials for Teaching and Learning
The response in the feedback forms indicates that participants found the workshop meaningful and have gained new insights to the development of an ICT-based course. A number of participants indicated that they will apply the insights gained at the CDW in their work.
For further information, please contact: Dr. Anwar Alsaid at email@example.com
The Next Gen Curriculum Development Workshop (CDWS) participants from left to right-(above): Brimy Laksmana, Agnito Moningka (Intel Teach Indonesia), Ali Priyonoto (Directiorate General for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel-PMPTK), Hanan Windro Sasongko (Mathematics Edu Dev’t & Empowerment Center-P4TK Math Yogyakarta) Erry Utomo (Curriculum Center-Puskur), Temmy Syamsu Taufiq (Kindegarten & Special Needs-P4TK TK & PLB), Supriadi R (Directorate of Higher Education-Dikti), Dr. Miao Fengchun (UNESCO Bangkok), Dr. Abdurrachman Gintings (Directorate of Training & Development-Bindiklat), Dr. Anwar Alsaid (UNESCO Jakarta), Wahyu Purnomo (Vocational Traning-P4TK VEDC Malang), Dr. Dinn Wahyudin (Indonesia Education University–UPI Bandung), Prof. Dr. Mustofa Kamil.(Indonesia Education University-UPI Bandung), Agus Nazaruddin (Center for Information, Technology & Communication-Pustekkom), Kunto Imbar Nursetyo (Jakarta State University-UNJ), and Amelia Sari Wulan (UNESCO Jakarta).
(Below): Erlina Indarti (Curriculum Center-Puskur), Marfuah (Mathematics Edu Dev’t & Empowerment Center-P4TK Math Yogyakarta), Meike Anastasia Monteiro (Kindegarten & Special Needs-P4TK TK & PLB), Cyti Daniela Aruan, Ratna Sinaga (Natcom for UNESCO), Yanni Puspitaningsih, Dian Indriany (Science Education Dev’t & Empowerment Center-P4TK IPA), Pratiwi Wini Artati (Center for Information, Technology & Communication-Pustekkom), Evelin Siregar (Jakarta State University-UNJ) and Patima Srivakul (UNESCO Bangkok).