On November 11-12, teachers from different schools of Armenia participated in the ASPU-hosted training "Features of Cooperative and Project-based Learning.”
The training was held in cooperation with the Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich) within the framework of the "Better Teaching for Better Future (BTBF)" project.
Cooperation between PH Zurich and ASPU started about two years ago. Within the framework of the BTBF project, the sides have developed textbooks, guidelines and other resources for training teachers, professors and students. The material is in line with the reforms underway in public education in Armenia and the new standards.
Marianna Harutyunyan, ASPU Vice-Rector for Personnel and International Cooperation, says project-based learning, as a new phenomenon, raises a number of questions among teachers.
The vice-rector says the choice of the training topic is determined by the recent reforms in the education sector. Accordingly, project-based learning is defined as the principle of assessing student learning outcomes. The Pedagogical University, committed to its mission of standing by teachers, initiated the training to give answers to the questions of teachers, to guide them in the selection of topics and implementation of the project.
Marianna Harutyunyan hopes that after the two-day meetings, the teachers, armed with new knowledge and skills, will apply the project in the classroom.
Let us add that the next training within the framework of the "Better Teaching for Better Future" project will be held on November 25-26, and the results of the project will be summarized in December. Training of school principals are also foreseen under the BTBF project.