Opening real science: Authentic mathematics and science education for Australia

  • Mulligan, Joanne (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Pask, Helen (Associate Investigator)
  • Hedberg, John (Chief Investigator)
  • Smith, Paul (Associate Investigator)
  • Bilgin, Ayse (Associate Investigator)
  • Dawes, Judith (Associate Investigator)
  • Parker, Quentin (Chief Investigator)
  • Herberstein, Mariella (Associate Investigator)
  • Power, Michelle (Associate Investigator)
  • Jamie, Ian (Associate Investigator)
  • O'Reilly, Sue (Associate Investigator)
  • O'Neill, Craig John (Associate Investigator)
  • Charters, Wayne (Associate Investigator)
  • Papic, Marina (Associate Investigator)
  • Bower, Matt (Associate Investigator)
  • Cavanagh, Michael (Associate Investigator)
  • Stewart, Katherine (Associate Investigator)
  • Wood, Leigh (Associate Investigator)
  • Bridge, Damian (Associate Investigator)
  • An, Scarlet (Associate Investigator)
  • Kennett, Carolyn (Associate Investigator)
  • Highfield, Kate (Associate Investigator)
  • De Nobile, John (Associate Investigator)
  • Diao, Ming Ming (Associate Investigator)
  • Tilley, Gary (Associate Investigator)
  • Irvine, Penny (Associate Investigator)
  • Jones, Heath (Associate Investigator)
  • Stupar, Milorad (Associate Investigator)
  • Frew, David (Associate Investigator)
  • Cody, Carmel (Partner Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


Opening Real Science (ORS) is a unique collaboration between Australia’s leading teacher educators, scientists, mathematicians and ICT experts. ORS is part of the Australian Government’s initiative: Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers program (ETMST). It has developed innovative pre-service programs to equip teachers to inspire and motivate students through authentic, inquiry based learning. The ORS project was designed to reconceptualise how mathematics and science pre-service teachers are prepared. Complementary learning resources were developed to support pre-service teachers, both in their teacher education programs and during their professional experience.
The ORS project successfully provided new and effective support for engaging and empowering pre-service teachers to embrace mathematics and science through (1) development of a new specialist professional experience model, (2) delivery of a ‘real science’ learning program and (3) establishment of collaborative networks of scientists, statisticians, mathematicians, technology experts and teacher education professionals working to enhance the mathematics and science capabilities of pre-service teachers.
The ongoing implementation and research evaluation phase of the project is continuing through 2018, including enhancement of the ORS website, found at
The final report is available at
Effective start/end date7/08/1331/12/17