Engaging students in authentic science through school - community links : learning from the rural experience

Tytler, Russell, Symington, David, Kirkwood, Valda and Malcolm, Cliff 2008, Engaging students in authentic science through school - community links : learning from the rural experience, Teaching science, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 13-18.

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Title Engaging students in authentic science through school - community links : learning from the rural experience
Author(s) Tytler, Russell
Symington, David
Kirkwood, Valda
Malcolm, Cliff
Journal name Teaching science
Volume number 54
Issue number 3
Start page 13
End page 18
Total pages 6
Publisher Australian Science Teachers Association
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1449-6313
1839-2946
Keyword(s) rural schools
rural students
school community relationship
science education
science teaching
case studies
primary secondary education
Summary There is an increase in school-community linked initiatives in school science. A substantial proportion of these involve rural schools. This article asks the question: In what ways do these initiatives offer possibilities for better engaging rural students with school science? The paper draws on information from a number of school-community linked science initiatives in rural areas, including exemplars from the recent Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) project, which were obtained primarily through interviews with participants. The initiatives are analysed in terms of an 'innovation framework', concerning the ideas and purposes underlying them, the knowledge and pedagogies used, and the experiences of the participants in the initiative. The paper concludes that these initiatives differ in significant respects from traditional school science, and offer the possibility of productive future directions. The authors discuss the challenges and policy directions that need to be pursued to represent these practices in mainstream curricula.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, ASTA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017978

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