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STAP

STAP

Science Teachers Accelerated Programme (STAP)

STAP is an innovative, cohort-taught pedagogical model which provides a platform to upgrade qualifications of underqualified teachers teaching science in the secondary schools in the Pacific region. STAP is an intensive two-year in-service programme offered to a selected cohort of teachers with a certificate or diploma qualification from a recognized institution and with at least three years of relevant teaching experience. The STAP model is facilitated through a tripartite partnership between a higher education institution, a regional government and the science teachers. The current projects include:

  • STAP II - The second edition of STAP was launched in Samoa in January 2017. There are a total of 59 teachers enrolled in the programme.
  • STAP Tonga – The first edition of STAP was launched in Tonga in January 2017 with 36 science teachers. The programme was dovetailed with, first ever in the region, F2F Science Programme in Tonga Campus with more than 100 freshman enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Programme.

Detail Information

Detailed Information

STAP is an innovative, cohort-taught pedagogical model which provides a platform to upgrade qualifications of underqualified teachers teaching science in the secondary schools in the Pacific region. STAP is an intensive two-year in-service programme offered to a selected cohort of teachers with a certificate or diploma qualification from a recognized institution and with at least three years of relevant teaching experience. This adaptive model is envisaged to have a scaffolding effect in the education sector to mobilise a societal change, as seen in the three-gear conceptual framework illustrated in Figure 1. The rotations of inner gears energise the rotations of outer gears. An increased number of rotations at the lower end would result in more rotations at the higher end.


 
Figure 1: The three-gear conceptual framework of STAP

Delivery Model

Delivery Model

The accelerated programme offered with different combinations of disciplines such as, mathematics and computing or chemistry and biology, would build on the existing qualifications of the selected cohort and upgrade to a Bachelor in Science degree. The cohort would have to successfully complete 18- 20 out of the 24 courses prescribed in a standard bachelor’s degree. The remaining 4-6 courses would be appropriately credited from their existing diploma qualifications.

Pilot Run: The Samoan Cohort

The pilot run of STAP was conducted in Samoa from June 2014 to November 2016 with 58 students sponsored by the Samoan Government and 1 private student. The students were enrolled in 5 combinations of Bachelor of Science Programme which include Mathematics & Chemistry, Mathematics & Information Systems, Mathematics & Chemistry, Biology & Chemistry and Biology & Information Systems. The cohort achieved an impressive 86.4% graduation (51 STAP teachers).



 Figure 2: The STAP graduates with the STAP Admin Team

The following testimonials have been recorded from the students:

  1. Student A: “STAP is a great project, an opportunity that a lot of other teachers are wanting to be part of. I hope that STAP continues as it will benefit not only ourselves, the country and communities especially your younger generations”
  2. Student B: “Tablet has been a great advantage in learning on the go. eMentoring was a great help for me, this is one thing that I believe got me through one of the most challenging unit I had, the mentors, were very patient and gave many example until we understood.

Current Project

Current Projects

STAP II - The second edition of STAP was launched in Samoa in January 2017. There are a total of 59 teachers enrolled in the programme.

STAP I – The first edition of STAP was launched in Tonga in January 2017 with 36 science teachers. The programme was dovetailed with, first ever in the region, F2F Science Programme in Tonga Campus with more than 100 freshman enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Programme.


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