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Investigators: Dr Linda Hobbs, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr John Kenny, Dr Mellita Jones, Dr Christine Redman and Dr Jeffrey King
Funding: OLT Office for Learning and Teaching (2013-2014 )
Administering Organisation: Deakin University
Other Universities involved : University of Tasmania, Australian Catholic University, University of Melbourne, RMIT University.
Project Summary: This project responds to international concern about primary teachers’ lack of science knowledge and confidence to teach science, and recent questioning of the effectiveness of traditional approaches to teacher education. It will review and build on established, innovative and successful practices at five universities, to develop and promote a framework supporting school-based approaches to pre-service teacher education. The models involve partnerships between universities and primary schools to engage pre-service primary teachers in classroom teaching and learning that effectively connects theory with practice. Through critical appraisal of these and similar models, the project will identify key features of the approach and the critical success factors required to establish and maintain strong working relationships with schools and build student capacity. The principles, framework, and resources together with exemplifying case studies, will be designed and disseminated to promote uptake of these innovative practices in the sector.
For more information about the project please contact:
Dr Gail Chittleborough