ICASE Pattaya Declaration
In consideration of the 6th ICASE World Conference on Science and Technology Education (STE) which took place in Pattaya, Thailand from 2nd – 6th December, 2019 on the theme Science Education for the Future through various strands including science teachers and Science Teacher Associations’ (STA) role in promoting 21st century skills; STE; teaching and learning resources; collaboration between formal and non-formal science learning contexts; curriculum development, evaluation and assessment; and innovation and entrepreneurship in science education; we, the conference participants from 23 countries and regions, as well as delegates from Africa, Asia, Australia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America believe that:
- 21st century science and technology education should place a high premium on the future of our students in view of the rapid changes and globalization, which are becoming the norms in the emerging world;
- Access to high quality education is a fundamental right for all in preparing for responsible global citizenship in a sustainable world, as one of the UNESCO’s sustainable development goals;
- Young people are naturally curious about their world and issues that affect them personally, locally, and globally;
- Nurturing confident life-long learners, with skills, attitudes and capacities to thrive in complex societies is a high priority;
- Curricula should allow students to participate in safe, sustainable, and engaging experimental science and technology;
- High-quality teacher preparation and continuous professional learning support are essential in STE; and
- STE policy and practices should be informed by evidence-based research findings.
Thus, we the participants recommend that all personnel, establishments and organisations involved in research, policy development and practice in science and technology education should note the above observations and take demonstrable steps to implement the following at local, national, and international levels:
- Ensuring teachers of science and technology are equipped with both content and pedagogical skills for effective delivery of lessons;
- Providing assistance and advice to agencies with responsibility for curriculum development to guarantee that teachers of science and technology are provided with curricula of the highest international standard specifying all the information needed to interpret these curricula in a clear and comprehensive fashion.
- Laying emphasis on integrated approaches to science and technology teaching as science and technology are becoming more and more inseparable as we move into the future;
- Facilitating appropriate and morally-responsible use of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);
- Promoting the use of enquiry as the approach is central to STE;
- Aligning policy decisions with research findings;
- Promoting life-long learning; and
- Paying attention to human rights; health; peace; poverty alleviation; cultural diversity; indigenous knowledge; gender equity; against hate speech and intolerance.
- Giving a key role to assessment to guide and ensure the goals and processes of STE.
Dated in Pattaya, Thailand this 6th day of December, 2019