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CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Inquiry Based Science and Technology Education Program (IN-STEP)

Sponsoring Agency: Merck Institute for Science Education
Research Director: Tom Corcoran (CPRE-Teachers College)
Project Duration: January 2007–2012

MSD-Thailand, an affiliate of Merck & Co., is funded an ambitious science education program for lower secondary schools in southern Thailand. The program known as the Inquiry Based Science and Technology Education Program (IN-STEP), was a public-private partnership among Kenan Institute Asia, the Ministry of Education, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science & Technology, the Merck Institute for Science Education, and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at Teachers College. The program, over five years,  trained educators to use guided investigations in the teaching of key concepts in the biological, physical, and earth sciences in grades 7, 8, and 9. The initiative also included activities such as annual science days and science camps to spark student and community interest in science. CPRE-TC lead the design and evaluation of IN-STEP, provided training for Thai evaluators, and assisted with training for mentors and school principals.

Products:
The Inquiry Based Science and Technology Education Program (IN-STEP): The Evaluation of the First Year (Tom Corcoran, May 2008)

Report on the Progress of The IN-STEP Pilot Program, 2008-09 (Tom Corcoran, December 2009)

Video:

IN-STEP science program in southern Thailand

Start date: 
January 2007
End date: 
January 2012