On May 13-16, 2019, a team of scientists from the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University took part in trainings within the framework of the project “Modernization of Pedagogical Higher Education by Innovative Teaching Instruments” (MoPED) of the EU program Erasmus + KA2 – Development of Higher Education Capacity, No. 586098-EPP-1-2017-1-UA-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP on the basis of the State Institution “South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushynsky, (UA)”. For four days, fellow colleagues from the University of Cyprus shared their experience, knowledge and skills in forming research and critical thinking with Ukrainian researchers.
Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University was represented by
Nataliia Morze – University Project Coordinator, Professor of Department of Computer Science and Mathematics of the Faculty of Information Technology and Management of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine – Academic Project Manager;
Svitlana Vasylenko – Deputy Head on the Content and Research of IT in Education Laboratory of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University;
Mariia Gladun – Senior Lecturer of Department of Computer Science and Mathematics of the Faculty of Information Technology and Management of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University;
Iryna Vorotnykova – PhD in Pedagogy, Associate Professor of the Department of Methodology of Natural and Mathematical Education and Technologies of the Institute of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University;
L. Poryadchenko – PhD in Pedagogy, Associate Professor of the Department of Primary Education of the Pedagogical Institute of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University;
Dariya Nastas – Researcher in IT in Education Laboratory.
The trainings impressed the participants with the systematic methodological principles and content, professional validity and the opportunity to implement the proposed methods for the development of STEM education; practical research activities in which each participant could personally manage research, formulate a hypothesis and test it in practice using Go-Lab tools. Each team of researchers from six Ukrainian universities presented the research areas developed at the training. Discussion of the choice of IT tools of the Go-Lab environment for the organization and conduct of experiments, collaboration of students contributed to the understanding of innovative methods for the implementation of the research cycle and evaluation methods. The solution of the problem and its presentation using the method of “Six hats of thinking” contributed to the participants’ understanding of the theoretical aspects of critical thinking and its elements and analysis of examples. The bright end of the trainings was the presentation of certificates.
Participants of the training received new ideas for the implementation of innovative technologies, acquired new professional skills and abilities, gained positive impressions and exchanged experiences with colleagues. Based on the results of the training, it is planned to lead a series of trainings for teachers and students of the University, teachers of secondary schools of the Kyiv city.
The materials of the meeting are presented on the project’s Facebook page.