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  As a key component for manpower quality, creativity is critical for government policy, sci-tech development, artistic creation, industrial management, and design of teaching, thereby making creativity education a foundation for national power.

  In line with the “white paper on creativity education,” published by the Ministry of Education in 2002, TECO has been sparing no effort in pushing creativity education in recent years.


Workshop on creative teaching: help teachers hone their teaching skill

  In order to help domestic high- and elementary-school  teachers  development  capability  for creative teaching, the foundation has been holding “workshop on creative teaching,” lasting two to three days, for those teachers since 2005. Including the trial session in the first two years, the workshop has organized  79  sessions,  benefiting  15,677 teachers. The workshop boasts rich and in-depth courses, covering the fields of science, mathematics, and language, on top of artistic and general fields. The workshop has helped teachers and students in remote rural areas strengthen their humanistic life and contributed to rectifying the imbalance of the M-type society. It has promoted equal emphasis on sci-tech and humanism in the local education, helped cultivation of teachers for creativity education, and arouse awareness for fostering creativity in the society.

  
In order  to evaluate the effect of the courses on the works of teachers, questionnaire is issued to  participants  at  the end of each course. The questionnaire survey in 2013 shows that participants gave the courses a rating of over 90 points, as over 95%  of  the  participants  agreed  or  strongly agreed the courses helped them review their teaching method, augment  their  capability  for designing  their own cases, enhance their  humanistic and  scientific  upbringing, and  increase  their  teaching confident. The teachers expect to continue taking part in the courses,  leading  to  marked increase in the number of applicants for the courses year by year.  
Enriching humanistic life of underprivileged teenagers in remote villages: activities for experience of daily-life and artistic creation

  In its lon gt ime de icat ion  to  the preservation of aboriginal culture in remote villages, staffers of the TECO Technology foundation have known the relatively high rates  of  single  parent,  no  parent,  and reliance  on  relatives  among  aboriginal children in remote areas, where turnover among teachers is also high. In addition, educational resources for science, reading, information, and arts are generally scarce. In order to improve the educational effect for aboriginal children, the foundation has held activities for “experience of daily-life and artistic creation” for aboriginal children in remote areas at the end every year, totaling 27 sessions during 2005-2013, which attracted 24,782 teenagers.
In 2013, the foundation held a series of performing-art events, including indoors chamber-music  concert,  Peking  opera, Henan opera, Ballet, aboriginal folk song and dance,as well as movie playing, in order to inspire acknowledge and reflection of the significance of life among aboriginal children, facilitating formation of healthy and positive value concept on life, via the touch of art and aesthetics. The program is meant to  provide  artistic  events  polishing  the minds and characters of aboriginal children and arrangement transportation for students of schools in remote areas to attend performances, including concert, play, and dance, at municipal cultural centers.

 

Consolidating learning basis of remote villages: tribal plan for experience of scientific creation

After  discovering  the  scarcity  of scientific  teachers  and  weak  basis  for scientific education when serving schools in regions devastated by typhoon Morakot in 2009, Tien Yuan, a renowned scientific teacher, has dedicated to improving the level of scientific education in mountainous tribal areas, having serviced 137 schools and benefiting over 16,000 schoolchildren. Despite inconvenient transportation, his service scope covers six municipalities.
 
For the map of his service scope, please refer  to

 

  The principles for designing academic courses contained in the book “Brain Rules,” authored by John Medina and translated  into Chinese language by Prof. Hung Lan, were applied  in the design  of  courses, in order to  formulate a most effective learning mode inducing schoolchildren  to  experience  scientific principles  via  actual  works,  in  order  to introduce innovative teaching method to remote  villages.  At  every  course,  all  the teachers would observe at sideline the exhibition of interactive skills on the platform, thereby observing different kinds of teaching methods and mindset, an arrangement contributing to the enhancement of the creativity of teachers in remote villages. 1,500 teachers have benefited from the program. 7,938 students from 137 schools attended the courses in 2013.

 

The  development  of  creativity  education  on  the  basis  of  successful  international experience
 
Based on the experience of pushing creativity education for 10 years, the foundation plans to introduce the“Expeditionary  Learning” teaching method, in practice in  the  U.S.  for  20  years,  by holding two sessions ofworkshop,  one  in  northern and  the  other  in  southern Taiwan,  for  participation  of teachers  from  20  schools throughout the nation, with the aim of overhauling Taiwan's educational mode. In addition, the foundation plans to invite the experts and advisers of the U.S. “Expeditionary Learning Center” to Taiwan for organizing workshop, offering professional consultation to local teachers.

 

 
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