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'I do feel a little more confident': An initiative in primary science content

Schibeci, R. and Hickey, R.L. (1996) 'I do feel a little more confident': An initiative in primary science content. In: 21st Annual Conference of the Western Australian Science Education Association, 29 November 1996, Canning College, Perth pp. 151-160.

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    Abstract

    This paper reports an initiative funded by the Education Department to support primary school teachers to become more confident and effective in teaching science content. This initiative raises important issues related to (a) professional development (PD) of teachers and to (b) research in adult science learning. In relation to professional development, what are we asking of primary teachers when they teach science? Traditionally, science educators have focussed, in a variety of PD settings, on how content can be made 'teachable'. However, we also need,to ask how can we develop primary teachers' pedagogical content knowledge if their content knowledge is limited? How can we expect primary teachers to make valid judgements about student learning in the conceptual strands ofthe Student Outcome Statements if these same teachers have limited understanding of related content? In relation to research, this initiative has raised an awareness of under-researched questions, including: What motivates adults to learn science concepts? What are major obstacles to their learning of science concepts?

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
    Publisher: Dept. of Science Education, Edith Cowan University
    Notes: Appears In: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Western Australian Science Education Association
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6533
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