CoSMEd 2019 Overview
The organising of International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (CoSMEd) brings many benefits such as providing more opportunities for science and mathematics educators in the region to disseminate their research findings. The conference also contributes significantly towards improving the standard of science and mathematics education. The first CoSMEd was initiated in 2005 and six more conferences in the CoSMEd series have been successfully held in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
The ubiquitous nature of the Internet ushered in the fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0). Connectivity between systems has made remote working and collaboration a possibility, allowing education to become global to expand internationally. Society has adapted to be more social, more knowledgeable, and many believe the world is a far smaller place than ever before. It is time to bring Education 4.0 into the 21st Century landscape. In order for this to happen, we must revisit the educational paradigms, and focus on the areas that need rethinking. With Education 4.0, it will bring in today’s new world of fast changing technology and information overload. Students need to be trained and not to be taught. Information needs to be made accessible and students need to learn how to find it rather than the teacher offering it to them in a rigid structure. We now understand that students are not alike, do not have the same starting point, can learn and absorb various areas of focus differently and need to be guided to develop their skills rather than taught a set of predefined data points. Education 4.0 needs to prepare students for the next Industrial Revolution which will happen in their lifetime. Flexible, tailor-made curricula, taught by teachers who become mentors and who treat students as individuals is the least that today’s students deserve. Giving the workforce of tomorrow the tools to become active lifelong learners can create a diverse and pluralistic society where every person understands and plays to his or her strengths, building a fair and self-sustaining model for education. Addressing the need of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education has become an important education agenda in many countries around the world. Examining the content of the Sustainable Development Goals more closely in an educational context can help to further understand the vast impact education can have on the development of sustainable communities. Likewise, aligning STEM Education with Education 4.0 and Sustainable Development Goals is imperative for students’ success in schooling for their career and total well-being.