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Vol. 32 No. 5
September-October 2010

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives.
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Toward Higher Quality of Chemistry Teacher In-Service Training in Croatia

The primary objective of this project is to organize the first Croatian Workshop on Chemical Education (1stCWCE), scheduled for 10–14 November 2010 in Split, Croatia. The workshops is intended to improve the process of in-service training of chemistry teachers in Croatia and the region and catalyze the dissemination process of in-service experiences between neighboring countries.

The project is planned as a continuing series of workshops on chemical education that will be held in Croatia. The short- and long-term goals of the project may be best described as follows:

  • provide international support to the ongoing modernization of chemistry teaching/learning strategies at the primary and secondary education level in Croatia
  • promote incorporation of inquiry learning, particularly the discovery-based small-group learning method, into the new Croatian Chemistry Curriculum and thus enhance the opportunities for students to learn chemistry in a meaningful way
  • promote the needed awareness of research into the teaching-learning process in one’s own classroom (this is defined as a basis for change and encouragement of this process (although with very modest expectations), which should be seen as a continuing activity
  • give needed support to the institutionalization process of the graduate study Ph.D. in Science Education at the Faculty of Science of the University of Split
  • create a dynamic and challenging atmosphere that will encourage career development of young chemistry teachers
  • enhance social-networking of chemistry teachers in Croatia as well as in the geopolitical region and correspondingly enable further dissemination of good teaching practices, classroom activities, and teaching experiences
  • help national chemical societies in the region to coordinate exchange of information and to reduce the differences in chemistry teaching caused by different social and political environments
  • enlarge the number of experts acquainted with the inquiry learning strategy who are capable of training others

For all of this to happen, the support of IUPAC’s Flying Chemist Program is vital because its assistance will certainly compel further enhancement of the existing collaboration between the neighboring countries National Chemical Societies and will enable the organizers to introduce participants to experts in the field. The Flying Chemists Program is an initiative of IUPAC’s Committee on Chemistry Education; <http://media.iupac.org/standing/cce/FCP.html>.

For more information, contact Task Group Chair Nenad Judaš <judas@chem.pmf.hr>.

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