2020 Marine Education and Protection: Professional Development Workshops for Teachers
To enhance teachers’ marine literacy and provide them with materials for lesson plan production (such that they can enrich teaching content), professional development workshops for teachers were held each in Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Taiwan; the workshop was designed with the annual theme “protect the ocean” and divided into three modules, namely “safeguard the coast, plastic reduction, and fish-eating education.
During the safeguard the coast” module, Section Chief Wan Xi-juan from the Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of Interior, was invited to share with the participants the regulations related to coastal protection. Section Chief Wan also shared the research project promoted by the Construction and Planning Agency called Pilot Study of Connecting the Local Communities to Preserve Natural Coasts: A Case Study of Yilan.” In the project, the Construction and Planning Agency verified the possibility of mobilizing local communities to conduct resource investigation and safeguard natural coasts; the Section Chief shared with the participants how they executed the methods used in the research project. In the plastic reduction module, different speakers were invited to share their experience, namely founder of Sea Waste Base Mr. Chen Xin-zhu, Chief Executive Officer of Hiinstudio Mr. Chen Ren-ping, and President and Chief Secretary of Taiwan Association for Marine Environmental Education Mr. Huang Zong-shun and Mr. Kuo Zhao-wei. Each speaker is experienced in a particular area of marine protection, including beach cleaning, island tourism, and marine education promotion. In addition to sharing their own experiences, the speakers shared methods of implementing plastic reduction in daily life. The afternoon workshop session comprised the fish-eating education module. The speaker for this module was Mr. Lim Sheng-ji from the Taiwan Association for Marine Environmental Education. Apart from sharing his knowledge on marine organisms, Mr. Lim led the participants in a practical course on scraping off scales of a fish and making the flesh into fish balls. The teacher participants were encouraged to appreciate the marine resources, and they had the chance to taste it.
Teachers who participated in the workshop have indicated on the feedback form that the workshop sessions were beneficial for enhancing their professional knowledge and exchanging educational resources and that they are willing to integrate the knowledge they have learned from the workshop into their lessons. Through the instructors’ teaching and participants’ experience, we hope that more teachers will be willing to engage in marine education and promote Taiwanese marine awareness in the future.