Australian teachers visit Japan for cultural exchange
25 September 2015
This week a delegation of Australian science educators will leave Australian shores to make a trip to Japan as part of a week-long science teachers exchange program aimed at equipping Australian science teachers with a better understanding of Asia, as per Australian Curriculum: Science priorities.
The Australian Science Teachers Exchange – JAPAN, is an annual exchange program that has been developed by the Sony Science Teachers Association of Japan and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), with financial support from the Australia-Japan Foundation.
Brian Schiller, primary school teacher from Seacliff; SA, Sharra Martin, senior secondary science teacher from Darwin NT; and Penny George, secondary science teacher from Canberra ACT, will have the opportunity to travel to Tokyo and absorb the rich culture, improve their intercultural understanding and forge new professional connections, all the while engaging with audiences back home to share their experience via a dedicated blog.
Key aspects of the Exchange include observing Japanese primary and secondary science classes, including those in a Super Science School, and leading classes of their own (with an interpreter) as a guest teacher. The teachers will also visit a number of cultural, science and technological venues to help broaden their understanding of Japan.
Vic Dobos, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Science Teachers Association, is very proud of the Exchange program. “The Exchange supports the sharing of ideas and practices between Australian and Japanese science teachers and allows teachers to be immersed in a different culture and teaching environment. It is a life-changing experience for many science teachers and strengthens common bonds between the two nations.”
Brian, Penny and Sharra will also be given the opportunity to participate in discussion forums with Japanese teachers and school principals to exchange ideas and practices and discuss the differences and similarities between Japanese and Australian science education.
Further information about the Exchange can be found at the blog (http://asta-japan.blogspot.com.au), which will include daily posts from all participants. You can also follow along on Twitter via the hashtag #ASTAJapan
About the Australia-Japan Foundation
The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) was established by the Australian Government in 1976 to expand and develop contact and exchange between the peoples of Australia and Japan and to help project positive images of Australia and Japan in each other's country.
About the Australian Science Teachers Association
Founded in 1951, the Australian Science Teachers Association is the federation of Science Teachers Associations from all Australian states and territories. It is the national professional association for teachers of science and a powerful voice influencing policy and practice in science education. Please visit www.asta.edu.au for more information.
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