Outdoors 2006: The Wild Wild Fun  
National Council for Scientific Research and AUB Offer Joint Scholarships  
Beyond These Walls: A Room for Visually Challenged Students  
AUB Fulfills the Dreams of the Founding Fathers after 140 Years  
From Outer Space to AUB  
Fulbright Scholarships at the OSB  
The Challenges of Investigative Journalism  
Seminar on Media Leadership  
Book Club Meeting: Jean Said Makdisi  
The Monthly Sociology Café  
40th Annual Middle East Medical Assembly  
New School of Nursing: Update  
Faculty Profile: Paul Attieh  
Faculty Profile: Stefan Bechtluft-Sachs  
Novelist Salwa Baker Shares Writing Secrets  
Education Forum  
Lecture on Cotton Production and Global Market Prices  
Racial Tension in US Foreign Policy  
Swedish Sociologist Lectures on Mechanisms of Trust and Fraud in Modernity  
On the Function of Sculpture  
Oscar Wilde's Remarkable Reputation Revisited by His Grandson  
Poetry Reading Highlights Work of AUB Authors  
Kuwaiti Embroidery Blends Rich Art and Outstanding Craft  
Profile: Naser Zeidan and Sami Makki  
Staff Profile: Anis Abdallah, "How Does Your Garden Grow?"  
Middle East Business Council Meets at AUB  
Ussama Makdisi Lectures on American Presence in the Levant before Anti-Americanism  
First Genocide of 20th Century  
From Marquand House to College Hall...a Gallery of AUB Presidents  
Women's Auxiliary Holds Fundraising Brunch  
Zakar and Kamila Keshishian Live in Concert at Assembly Hall  
Waleed Howrani's Fundraising Concert at Assembly Hall  
Kulturzentrum Presents Beatrix Klein in Concert  
FAFS Students Meet Director General of ICARDA  
Faces of Love and Love Lost: Painting Exhibition by Henry Matthews  
May 2006 Vol. 7 No. 7


Education Forum

Francois-Marie Gerard

Francois-Marie Gerard and Mohamed Miled from BIEF, an organization for consultation and intervention studies, presented Lebanon's new education system to a group of teachers and students from AUB and other institutions on April 25. Dr. Karma El-Hassan, Education Department associate professor, introduced the Project for Improving Evaluation and School Assessment in Lebanon. She explained that the project aims to eliminate the system's current disadvantages such as vagueness, lack of resources, performance, and self-assessment.

Gerard, in simultaneous translation from French to English, gave an overview of the goals and objectives of BIEF before moving on to a detailed account of Lebanon's existing, though flawed, competence-based approach in education. Gerard stated that competence now means "carrying out tasks with efficiency" and that "what we have now continues what we had before and pushes it forward. It doesn't deny it." Gerard then explained that the school, like the market, has to change and evolve because of high demand. He referred to Xavier Roegiers, director of BIEF, who defines competence as the "possibility for an individual to mobilize in an internalized manner, an integrated set of resources in view of solving a problem-situation belonging to a family of situations." Gerard presented a plan based on the movement from an objective-based pedagogy to a concept-based approach focusing more on constructivism than behaviorism. He stated that the BIEF approach disqualifies strictly systematic learning processes and follows the pedagogy of integration and linear approaches. Studies on this method at first received low success rates globally because, Gerard explained, students were not able to solve the task they were given because they were not taught how to.

The two-hour forum ended in questions posed mostly by AUB professors and Makassed teachers concerning the applicability, reliability, and validity of the competence-based approach in schools in Lebanon.