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Workshop studies new way to teach

Update: April, 12/2014 - 09:24
The model was applied at 1,447 schools across the country in 2012. In the 2013-2014 academic year, the model has been used at more than 600 primary schools.— Photo baothainguyen

QUANG NINH (VNS)  — Improving the efficiency of Viet Nam's new teaching model in the Red River Delta, and northern mountainous and midland provinces was the focus of a workshop held in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday.

Workshop participants discussed ways to improve the implementation of the project, which follows the Escuela Nueva learning model (VNEN), and shared experience in the hopes of reforming the training method in provinces applying the VNEN project.

Under the Escuela Nueva model, students are more engaged in class with teachers serving as facilitators, and parents and other community members more involved in making learning relevant to their children's lives.

This new model will also address student participation during class and through tests.

Participants said that it was necessary to promote the benefits of the model, while calling for public involvement in activities at schools in which coordination between families, the school and the community would play a core role.

They also emphasised the importance of managers and teachers in promoting the educational reform in the country, while proposing the Ministry of Education and Training organise more refresher courses for teachers.

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Vinh Hien praised the localities' efforts and positive results from using the model.

In order to overcome difficulties in applying the model, provincial education and training departments should take the initiative to apply new teaching and learning methods, he said.

The VNEN project focuses on bringing teaching methods and assessments in line with new standards. Under the new model, students play a central role in the class while teachers serve as their facilitators and companions, different from the traditional pedagogic method.

The model was applied at 1,447 schools across the country in 2012. In the 2013-2014 academic year, the model has been used at more than 600 primary schools. — VNS

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