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Science teacher education partnerships with schools (STEPS): Partnerships in science teacher education


Kenny, JD and Hobbs, L and Herbert, S and Chittleborough, G and Campbell, C and Jones, M and Gilbert, A and Redman, C, Science teacher education partnerships with schools (STEPS): Partnerships in science teacher education, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39, (12) pp. 43-65. ISSN 0313-5373 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2014v39n12.4


This paper reports on the STEPS project which addressed international concerns about primary teachers’ lack of confidence to teach science, and on-going questions about the effectiveness of teacher education. The five universities involved had each independently established a science education program incorporating school-based partnerships between the university and local schools to enable primary pre-service teachers (PSTs) to teach science. The diversity of the programs enabled an examination of the relevant literature underpinning the approaches and comparison of data from participants to identify key features and success factors for establishing and maintaining working relationships with schools. This preliminary analysis of learning from STEPS uses case studies and feedback from PSTs who participated. These findings indicate that authentic teaching experiences build the confidence of PSTs to teach science. Ultimately, the project will develop an Interpretive Framework which will articulate the characteristics of partnerships to be validated through feedback from other science educators from Australia and overseas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teacher education, science education, partnerships
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kenny, JD (Associate Professor John Kenny)
ID Code:98073
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-01-30
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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