SEAMEO QITEP in mathematics regularly collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to work on projects contributing towards mathematics education in Southeast Asia.
These collaborators come from universities, schools, governments and other organisations, both across Indonesia and abroad.
This next section will explore a variety of the collaborations SEAQIM has contributed towards.
Dear Esteemed Partners,
SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Mathematics (SEAQiM) is highly appreciated our Partners (Universities, Governments, and Other Organizations and Parties), who in the past 8 years:
- Cooperate with SEAQiM in organizing events (seminar, symposium, workshop, course, training, etc.)
- Invite SEAQiM (consultants, specialists, director, deputy directors, and/or staff) as guest or keynote speaker.
In order to provide better service in the future, SEAQiM hopes that in our partnership we can:
- Properly use both SEAQiM and partners’ logo.
- Re-confirm the event at least 1 week before the event started.
- Mention both parties in any press release produced and send the press release to each other.
SEAQiM highly valued your partnership and wishing the partnership can provide professional and better service to mathematics community in Southeast Asia.
SEAQiM also call for partnership to other Universities, Organizations, and Parties who share the same mission with SEAQiM; to provide quality professional mathematics education and services for teachers and education personnel.
Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation.
Communities are the very foundation of education. Without their tireless, grassroots work on educating the coming generations the larger initiatives of governments and organisations could never be realised. SEAQIM is dedicated to supporting these communities by providing courses, both customised to community needs or from our regular course offerings, to ensure teachers and educational personnel are best able serve the communities they work within.
Case study: Himpunan Masyarakat Karo Indonesia (HMKI) and SEAMOLEC
Karo is a kabupaten (district) located in North Sumatra. After it was noticed that only a small number of students from the region were going to university, a community group, Himpunan Masyarakat Karo Indonesia (HMKI), decided to take action. They contacted SEAMOLEC, a regional office that has a focus on open learning through ICT, and asked for assistance. After doing an initial investigation on Karo’s education system, SEAMEOLEC sort the assistance of SEAQIM to provide a customised course to the mathematics teachers of the local senior high schools.
In response, SEAQIM designed a three-day course to help teachers with the issues they were encountering in their classes. The first day of the course focused on general strategies and philosophies in mathematics education. This was followed on day two with a more focused session where teachers could discuss the issues they were having in their own classes with the wider group and the SEAQIM expert trainers. The final day of the course was set aside for action research, with participating teachers creating detailed plans on how they would address the problems in their classes. This final stage aims to empowered teachers by making them proactive in addressing the problems in their classes using data driven strategies.
This course was conducted twice due to its popularity in July and November of 2015, being attended by approximately 60 teachers. Teachers from the kabupaten had to sit a test first, with those receiving the best results from each school attending the course.
SEAQIM regularly collaborates with a variety of schools both within Indonesia and abroad. These institutions play a vital role in the research the Centre conducts, with some key SEAQIM projects such as the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program and the Mathematics Regional Wide Assessment (MaWRA), being planned, trialled and implemented with teachers and students from these schools. Participants of SEAQIM courses also apply the knowledge they are exposed to through teacher practice sessions conducted at partner schools in Yogyakarta. These practice sessions allow participants to see how a real class of students would react to the strategies they learned about during the courses.
Case Study: SD Muhammadiyah Sapen Yogyakarta
SD Muhammadiyah Sapen is an elementary school located in Yogyakarta. The school was recently voted by a group of NGOs, government agencies and members of the private sector as the elementary school with the “Best Improvement” in 2015 for school innovation. SEAQIM has contributed to the school’s innovative growth with collaborative projects, including teacher practicals being conducted for the Teacher Made Teaching Aides and Joyful Mathematics Learning courses and implementation of the DRR teaching models with SD Muhammadiyah Sapen students. SEAQIM also hosted members of the Institute of Teacher Education (ITE) from Campus Perlis Malaysia and coordinated observations and research interviews with teachers and the principal from the school. Additionally, SD Muhammadiyah teachers are regularly in attendance of the various workshops held at SEAQIM, a few examples including workshops on MaWRA, DRR, ICT for mathematics, and Realistic Mathematics Education (RME).
Through partnerships with universities SEAQIM is able to contribute towards the sustainable development of education in Southeast Asia with the most up-to-date and data-driven information. These collaborations take many forms including expert exchange, joint research activities and publications, workshops for staff development and resource sharing. SEAQIM is always looking for new projects to collaborate on with universities from within Southeast Asia and further abroad.
Case Study: University of Tsukuba
The University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest national universities in Japan. SEAQIM has worked extensively with the university over the past 5 years on a variety of projects. This includes experts from Tsukuba regularly providing presenters for the courses conducted by SEAQIM, with particular contributions given to the Lesson Study course; a topic which the University of Tsukuba has done extensive research on. A Foreign Research Fellowship Programme has also been running since 2010, where each year a representative from SEAQIM is invited to contribute towards research conducted at the University of Tsukuba. After each the completion of each fellowship a research report is written on a topic concerning mathematics education in Southeast Asia. The University of Tsukuba also contributes to research conducted at SEAQIM, with the university assisting with the review and selection of test items for the Mathematics Region Wide Assessment (MaRWA). Other collaborations include contributions from SEAQIM to University of Tsukuba conferences and vice versa.
Case Study: Parallel Conferences (ATCM, CDEMTEP and UNY)
In 2014 SEAQIM was part of a parallel conference with 3 other institutions; the international Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM), the State University of Yogyakarta (UNY) and the Centre for Development and Empowerment of Mathematics Teachers and Education Personnel (CDEMTEP). The parallel conferences where held simultaneously, with the same key note speakers, but with each institution also running individual sessions.
The focus of the conferences were broadly on innovation and technology in mathematics education. It aimed to bring together experts, educators and researchers to exchange knowledge on utilizing technology for mathematics learning, teaching and research.
The conferences were held simultaneously at the same venue in Yogyakarta to encourage participation as they were all aimed at a similar target audience. This proved to be a successful concept with more than 600 participants from over 30 countries being involved with the event. SEAQIM contributed 4 key note speakers at the conference and awarded 10 full scholarships to allow teachers from across Indonesia to attend.
Case Study: Internships (Akindo and UPY)
In 2015 three internships were offered to students from Akindo (Akademi Komunikasi Indonesia), a tertiary institution focusing on public relations and broadcasting, to assist SEAQIM with the creation and editing of videos for the ‘QITEP in mathematics’ YouTube channel. The interns, over a period of two months, used their skills in video editing to create professional videos, some of which showcased the training courses at SEAQIM with participant testimonials, and others which were intended as teaching resources for educators.
Another internship partnership has been established with UPY (Universitas PGRI Yogyakarta). Students from the university’s Department of Information Technology will have the opportunity to work with the centres IT staff, and students from the Department of Mathematics Education, as part of their course on mathematics media development, will be able to work with SEAQIM staff on the development of computer and mobile applications for mathematics learning.
SEAQIM has a rich history of working with local governments within Indonesia and national institutions from abroad to improve the quality of their teaching and educational personnel. The assistance SEAQIM has traditionally provided is in-country courses on one of our areas of expertise, however training material can be modified or created specifically to accommodate the needs of the group being trained. Some examples of governments we have worked with include the national governments of Timor Leste, Cambodia and Laos.
Case study: Minahasa Office of Education
The use of technology is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life for people all throughout Southeast Asia and as this happens, technology becomes increasingly important in the mathematics classroom. In Minahasa, Sulawesi, one local government took notice of this and decided to help their teachers become sufficient at using ICT to teach mathematics.
To achieve this goal the Education Office of Minahasa sort the assistance of SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics and their course offering of IT-Based Mathematics Learning. This training was offered to junior high school teachers in the North Minahasa region in November, 2014.
The success of the SEAMEO network can in part be attributed to its long history of collaboration. By sharing expertise and resources the various SEAMEO centres have been contributing towards the development of Southeast Asia for the past 50 years. While SEAQIM has only been part of this journey since 2009, it has already contributed to a vast range of project, from capacity building community groups to assisting with the development of educational standards for the region.
Case Study: SEAMEO Centres Policy Research Network
A project being run across all of the SEAMEO centres is the Policy Research Network. This network aims to enhance the relevance and responsiveness of SEAMEO centres’ policy research in addressing human resource development issues throughout Southeast Asia. The scope of the network includes evaluating new or existing policies, describing examples of best practice, measuring social change or even potentially longitudinal studies of educational issues in the region.
Case Study: SEAMEO Star Village (SEAMEO Regional Centres in Indonesia)
The Star Village program is a collaboration between the six SEAMEO centres across Indonesia. It is part of the SEAMEO Community Involvement Program, and aims to sustainably develop and empower a target community using the expertise of the various SEAMEO centres.
The target location is the Cihideung Ilir village near Mt. Salak, Bogor. The SEAMEO Centres will assist the community by conducting programs in agriculture, health and education sectors.
SEAQIM has already worked in collaboration with the community to conduct a needs assessment concerning mathematics education at the local primary schools. The Centre is anticipating using its experience to work holistically with the school leaders, teaching staff, students and parents to contribute towards improving mathematics education in the community.
Case Study: SEA Digital Class (SEAMOLEC)
Given the large geographical area of Southeast Asia and the number of teachers within this region, the development of educational personnel solely through a person-to-person training model is a difficult task. To address this concern, an inter-centre collaboration was established between SEAQIM and SEAMOLEC, the centre for open learning, to implement the SEA-Digital Class. This projects aim is to provide an online professional community learning system, where experts, teachers and students are able to easily connect and learning resources can be shared and accessed. SEAQIM has most recently been assisting with the diagnostic testing stages of the project.
The collaborations SEAQIM has done with international organisations covers a wide range of areas. It has included sharing expertise on exam design and item creation, coordinating dual conferences, collaborating on research projects, creating educational standards, reviewing educational resources and the list goes on. The centre is always open to contributing towards projects which impact mathematics education in the local region.
Case Study: Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metric (UNICEF, UNESCO and ACER)
The Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metric (SEA-PLM) is a program that strives to develop a method of measuring the learning outcomes of primary school students within Southeast Asia. The ultimate goal is that using the information from the SEA-PLM, funding and programs for educational improvement can be better targeted to have the most impact.
Endorsed by the SEAMEO Council of Ministers, SEA-PLM has had contributions from a wide range of organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) and SEAQIM.
SEAQIM has been able to share its expertise in assessment construction and implementation from working on the Mathematics Regional Wide Assessment (MaRWA), and the results of this research project.
Case Study: International Open Bank of Mathematical Problems (APEC)
With the trend of economies around the world becoming increasingly international, knowledge-based and data driven, the importance of mathematical education has never been more important. In recognition of this, the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has recently launched the International Open Bank of Mathematical Problems.
The International Open Bank of Mathematical Problems aims to build an open, online, multilingual database containing mathematics problems and assessment tasks. It will eventually grow into a tool allowing teachers to communicate at a school-to-school and person-to-person level, fitting with the increasing mobility and connectivity of students around the world.
As part of this project, SEAQIM is contributing as the national coordinator for Indonesia. In this role the Centre is responsible for translating key documents and problems into Indonesian, trailing potential resources with local students and being a general consultant for the Indonesian section of the online database.