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'i-Journey' Paid Non-local Study Leave Scheme for Secondary School Teachers (1st Cohort)



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Programme A(1)

Interdisciplinary Learning & Entrepreneurship Education

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Helsinki & Jyväskylä, Finland
9 April 2018 - 1 June 2018




 The Finnish education system has been frequently regarded as one of the most successful models in the 21st century. Its recent reform of the National Core Curricula puts emphasis on collaborative classroom practices, phenomenon-based enquiry and project-based/interdisciplinary learning, which aim to promote the development of seven key transversal competences in Finnish students. Against this background, a group of 15 teachers embarked on a learning journey to Jyväskylä, the origin of Finnish teacher training and home to the oldest educational and pedagogical institution in Finland – University of Jyväskylä.

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In this Jyväskylä-based study programme, the participants not only acquired knowledge of relevant theories, research, latest policies and practices in Finland, but also got inspired through their daily observation in every corner of the schools and interaction with different people. More importantly, they gained insight into how the successful lessons in Finnish education may be adapted in the Hong Kong context.

The participants successfully completed the study programme in Finland in April - May 2018. Let's hear their stories and see how they have been inspired by their journey!

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Programme A(2)
Catering for Students with Special Educational Needs

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Melbourne, Australia
29 April 2018 - 22 June 2018




Australia has developed a comprehensive and inclusive strategy to provide support for students with SEN. In Victoria, the "Special Needs Plan" has recently been implemented. It is part of the Victorian Government’s vision to promote inclusive practices in schools to better support all children and young people, including those with disabilities and additional needs. Equipped with the above background knowledge and their own expertise in catering for students with SEN, a group of 20 teachers set off on their learning journey to Australia for an in-depth exploration.

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In this Melbourne-based study programme, the participants learnt more about relevant theories, research and policies in Australia, and more importantly, got a first-hand experience of the inclusive environment in schools and beyond.

With their study journey to Australia successfully completed in April - June 2018, the participants have returned inspired and spirited. Below are some highlights of their rewarding journey.

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Programme A(3)
STEM Education

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Exeter, The United Kingdom
16 April 2018 - 1 June 2018


 


In the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015, the UK performed above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in Science, with a higher percentage of students being top performers when compared to Hong Kong. Students in the UK also showed a stronger support in scientific methods of enquiry and demonstrated greater self-efficacy in science. Back in 2009, the Department for Education (DfE) published the Report of the STEM Review and laid down the initiatives in promoting STEM education. Against this background, a group of 15 teachers embarked on their learning journey to the UK.

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In this Exeter-based study programme, the participants were offered valuable opportunities to acquire knowledge of relevant theories, research, latest policies and practices in the UK. Through structured courses and attachment in local schools, they had a taste of the learning and teaching both inside and outside the UK classrooms.

The participants successfully accomplished their study programme in the UK in April - May 2018. Let’s celebrate their success and share their impressive experience!

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Post-trip Debriefing
 22 June 2018

The learning journey for each Programme under the Scheme was unique. To help consolidate participants' learning journey and provide opportunities for them to share their experience and insights with each other, a debriefing session was held on 22 June 2018 at EDB Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre. Participants from all three Programmes were excited to meet again and relive the happy moments during their 4- to 6-week overseas experience. They were eager to share with each other the fruits of their learning so far.

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Pre Launch Meet-up & Launch Ceremony
February 2018 & March 2018

Participants’ learning journey started as early as February 2018 when they first met up to get to know each other, discuss logistics arrangement and start their pre-trip preparation. Professional learning communities were formed to exchange information on the education system, latest curriculum development, strengths in learning and teaching, etc. in the destination countries. They were all excited and looked forward to the 7 to 9 weeks of undisturbed study.

The Launch Ceremony on 16 March 2018 began with a welcoming remark by Mr Benjamin YUNG Po-shu, Principal Assistant Secretary (Professional Development & Training). We were happy to have Prof. Horace IP Ho-shing, the chairperson of Vetting Committee, share his comments on participants' proposals of their school initiatives and researches in general. After photo-taking, Mr CHAN Cheung-lam, the principal of Lung Cheung Government Secondary School, delivered his speech to show his best wishes and encouragement for the participants. He strongly advised participants to grasp this golden opportunity to broaden their horizons and spare time for deeper reflection. Before ending his speech, he stressed the importance of colleagues’ and principals’ support for the successful implementation of participants’ school-based initiatives and researches.

 
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