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Latitude Group Travel Japanese Science Teachers Exchange


In October 2017 ASTA will be taking a delegation of up to eight passionate science teachers (primary or secondary) to JAPAN. The delegation will depart Sydney on Sunday 1 October and return to Sydney on Monday 9 October 2017.

Absorb the rich culture, improve your intercultural understanding and forge new professional connections with organisations and individuals.

Our new partnership with Latitude Group Travel has allowed ASTA to extend this opportunity to more Australian science teachers.



What is the ASTA Science Teachers Exchange to Japan?

The ASTA Science Teacher Exchange-Japan provides an opportunity for secondary and primary Science teachers from Australia to travel to Japan and absorb the rich culture, improve their intercultural understanding and forge new professional connections with international organisations and individuals.

The 2017 ASTA- Japan Science Teachers Exchange is supported by our new partner, Latitude Group Travel.

Teachers will be given the opportunity to observe Japanese primary and secondary science classes, including a Super Science School, and lead classes of their own (with an interpreter) as a guest teacher. Delegates will also take part in forums with Japanese teachers to exchange ideas and practices and discuss the differences and similarities between Japanese and Australian science education.

Tours also include personalised visits to amazing Japanese cultural and scientific icons such as:

  • The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation – MIRAIKAN
  • The Sensoji Temple 
  • Edo Tokyo Museum.
  • The National Museum of Nature and Science.
  • Sony Corporation's exclusive showroom (not open to the public).

The Australian Curriculum for Science requires students to develop understanding and skills relating to Asia. For many Australian teachers of science, this is a new and challenging lens through which to deliver the curriculum.

The Exchange achieves these objectives by:

  • Bridging the cultural divide: Delegates integrate into Japanese school activities including teaching classes, attending ceremonies, sharing meals and participating in events celebrating traditional Japanese culture and tradition.
  • Highlighting different models of professional learning and teaching: Delegates participate in school cluster meetings with school principals, head teachers, members of the Sony Science Teachers Association (SSTA), parents and student teachers. These meetings will discuss and exchange ideas relating to teaching, curriculum, pedagogy, teacher professional development and projects/initiatives that have positively impacted student learning and engagement.
  • Sharing ideas and practice: Science concepts that are difficult to teach will be a primary focus. Australian teachers will lead discussions on new approached to science inquiry.
  • Providing new experiences: Delegates visit a range of schools, including a unique Super Science School, and institutions like Miraikan and JAXA.

Applications for the 2017 program NOW CLOSED.

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