Thanks to the Mathematics Plan and the French Plan, the lifelong education of school teachers has been transformed: based on their needs, by encouraging collaboration in the production of resources and tools, this gives teachers more time to discuss their practice and deepen their pedagogy. as close to their class as possible. This development is in line with teachers’ expectations, as evidenced by the satisfaction surveys conducted at each of these two levels.
Concluding their proposal, in the same spirit and with the same goals, but in accordance with a different deployment, the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation are launching a curriculum for the teaching of science and technology. to meet the needs of primary school students and teachers. This plan will be rolled out from the start of the 2022 school year.
This initiative is based on the unanimously shared observation that students’ knowledge and skills in the sciences are fragile, as shown by the international TIMSS and PISA studies. School teachers also express a great need for training in science and technology teaching, most of them have no initial science training.
This plan also meets the significant challenges, on the one hand, the development of methodological thinking, and on the other hand, scientific, technological and industrial sovereignty, which is aimed at the major investment plan for the future “France 2030”. It complements the recommendations of the recently published report of the General Inspectorate for Education, Sports and Research “Initial training in the light of new scientific, technological, environmental challenges and in the perspective of strengthening the sovereignty of France: the state of affairs and territorial politics”, in particular by proposing to promote an integrated approach to science and technique.
The familiarization of all students with a scientific approach, the development of their methodical thinking, the acquisition of knowledge and fundamental skills in the field of science and technology from the first years of study are necessary conditions for the preparation of future enlightened citizens who know how science works. and about the differences between proven facts and beliefs, but also about the emergence of future scientific and technological vocations that will support this sovereignty.
The Science and Technology Plan will adopt a local learning model based on the needs of teachers. It will be based on the expression of their needs in adapting the conditions of the proposed training. Thus, the training offer will be flexible, local, voluntary initiated and tailored to demand. It will also take into account other learning priorities – French, mathematics, secularism and the values of the Republic – with which it will be associated. At the national level, a network of referents will be established, deployed in departments and supported by training time.
A set of resources will also be offered to assist teachers in their teaching in the classroom, designing and conducting science and technology projects that promote student engagement, particularly through the dynamics of the research process.
Finally, this plan, launched jointly with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, will benefit from more active mobilization of many partners already involved in various schemes, including the Science with Society and for Society strategy – institutions, universities and colleges, learned societies , as well as industrial players who will be able to share their experience in the field to contribute to the training of professors, as well as to support them in their scientific and technological projects. Exchanges between teachers and professionals in the field of science and technology, as well as the discovery by students of professions and people involved in science, are an important contribution to the motivation and achievement of the goals set for this training.