Opening Real Science: Introducing authentic scientific methodology into mathematics and science teacher preparation

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    Abstract

    Opening Real Science (ORS) is a unique collaboration between leading teacher educators, scientists, mathematicians and ICT designers to bring, relevant, authentic science into Australia’s classrooms. By engaging pre- and in-service teachers with the concepts and practice of Real Science, and with real scientists and mathematicians, the project will enable them to teach mathematics and science as they are practised: as dynamic, forward-looking and collaborative human endeavours. The project will drive a major improvement in the quality of mathematics and science learning by delivering innovative teacher education modules and a unique professional experience model to build the competence and confidence Australian teachers need to inspire and equip their own students to ask and investigate motivating questions in science and mathematics. Authentic, inquiry-based approaches support diverse student populations by encouraging students to select topics relevant to their own experiences and aspirations. Partner universities already enrol 25% of Australia’s pre-service education students but open access resources will extend the project’s benefits to all teachers. This paper provides an overview of the project scope and methodology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventInternational STEM Education Conference (3rd : 2014) - Vancouver
    Duration: 12 Jul 201415 Jul 2014

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational STEM Education Conference (3rd : 2014)
    CityVancouver
    Period12/07/1415/07/14

    Keywords

    • STEM
    • Pre- and in-service teachers
    • Real science and mathematics

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