The need for more communication among science educators, who teach at various levels and in different types of schools in the Maltese islands, had long been felt. The initiative to address this need, through the setting up of an association was taken by fifteen practicing science teachers who were reading for a Masters degree in Science Education at the University of Malta. A needs analysis study was conducted amongst a number of Science teachers in state, church and private schools. The results showed that many Science teachers in Malta support the setting up of such organisation and welcomed this initiative. The Maltese Association of Science Educators (MASE) was set up in March 2006 and was officially launched on the 26th October 2006.
MASE Mission Statement:
“To stimulate and improve the teaching of Science in Malta, to coordinate the activities of its members, and to disseminate information related to Science teaching”
The objectives for which the Association is established are:
To enhance professional development and provide networking forums for Science educators, MASE intends to organise regular meeting during which lectures, presentations, demonstrations and good practice covering all the Science areas, the different grades and teaching foci will be presented. MASE also intends to encourage and expose good practice of both teachers and students who excel in the area of Science. MASE also intends to keep its members and the general public informed about national issues and trends in Science education. The association will develop position statements on issues such as teacher preparation, laboratory science, laboratory safety, primary Science education and other related items.
The Steering Committee
The association is currently run by a steering committee made up of five Science teachers.