19.04.2012 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

UNESCO and local experts evaluate New Mathematics and Science Textbooks

In the framework of the Curriculum Development project, national officials from Ministries of Education and Higher Education of the central government met with UNESCO' international curriculum experts to review and evaluate the recently developed Mathematics and Science Textbooks for different school grades, and discuss the future steps towards the final adaption of the content.

From 14 to 18 April 2012, UNESCO Iraqi Office gathered the high level panel of local and international experts in a workshop in Erbil to develop an advanced set of standards, and accordingly, evaluate 10 textbooks as sample of math, chemistry, physics, biology and general science textbooks for grades 4, 8 and 11.

Iraqi experts were introduced to international standards and methodologies of evaluating textbook structure and content with examples on how to apply these standards on the 10 textbooks, and adapt them to the Iraqi educational environment. The evaluation included textbooks structure, content, teaching strategy, assessment, graphic design and production.

A first draft of the evaluation of each textbook has been developed.

Additionally, teaching practices and perception of teachers, supervisors and parents to these textbooks will be field tested in May 2012.

Meanwhile, UNESCO Iraq office is involved with the Kurdistan Regional Government' Ministry of Education in studying 25 evaluation tools for assessing math and science curriculum in Kurdistan.

Funded by the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser, First Lady of Qatar and UNESCO special envoy, the Curriculum Development project aims to advance modernization and reconciliation in Iraqi society by reformulating the Iraqi school curriculum and textbooks. The Project provides technical assistance to develop skills in the two major areas of curriculum development and curriculum assessment, thereby increasing the value added of the new curriculum in terms of impact on student acquisitions and achievement.

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