African Primary Science Program

IDD | EDC | APSP

Revolutionary for its time, the African Primary Science Program (APSP) 1965-1976 brought together professors and scientists from Africa to develop an inquiry-based science education program. Educators from Sierra Leone believe that the APSP can help raise education quality today and their interest catalyzes our joint quest to re-examine the state of science education in Africa. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills are some of the most highly sought after skills in the global economy. An educated workforce with these skills can help countries attract the types of investments needed to help grow economies.

EDC studied the viability of re-introducing the inquiry-based approach to science education, using the APSP as a model. This collaborative endeavor is in response to demands from African science educators, professors, and thought leaders associated with the development of APSP, as well as those who taught or learned with it in the classroom.

Among EDC’s staff are some of the most renowned math and science experts and our work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. has placed it at the forefront of innovations in science learning and pedagogy: inquiry-based instruction, problem-based learning, digital curriculum, and emergent technologies.The long-term goal is to transform African classrooms from a teacher-centered paradigm to one that emphasizes student-centered and inquiry-based instruction. The study follows the strengths of the original program: strong African participation and leadership, building on the strength of local knowledge and materials and setting up a framework to ask the right questions and follow the answers to an informed outcome.

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University of Massachusetts Boston Center of Science and Mathematics in Context

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