Education Forum at the American University of Beirut

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Dr Yasmine El Masri was an invited speaker at the American University of Beirut’s (AUB) Education Forum on Monday 27th March. Dr El Masri presented her research on the effects of language on students’ learning and teaching and the repercussions that language could have on their performance in national and international educational assessments with a particular focus on science. The event was attended by a wide audience of academics from various universities in Beirut, including AUB and Université Saint Joseph, representatives of the government-funded Centre for Educational Research and Developments (CERD), representatives of local non-profit organisations (e.g. Lebanese Association for Educational Studies, Lebanese Alternative Learning) and international NGOs (UNICEF) as well as practitioners and university students.

Dr El Masri’s presentation ‘Is Scientific Literacy more difficult than ‘Culture Scientifique’ or “المعرفة العلمية” in PISA? Implications for the fairness of high-stakes examinations in Lebanon’ instigated a lively discussion about Lebanon’s poor performance in international assessments in light of the latest PISA 2015 and TIMSS 2015 results and the extent to which the data has been under-explored. The Educational Forum offered the opportunity for all gathered to discuss crucial educational matters including curriculum development, teacher training and the importance of educational assessment in informing practice.

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