Primary science education : reality or myth

Campbell, Coral 2011, Primary science education : reality or myth, in ASERA 2011 : Proceedings of the 42nd Australasian Science Education Research Association conference 2011, ASERA, [Adelaide, S.A.].

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Title Primary science education : reality or myth
Author(s) Campbell, Coral
Conference name Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference (42nd : 2011 : Adelaide, S.A.)
Conference location Adelaide, S.A.
Conference dates 29 June-2 July 2011
Title of proceedings ASERA 2011 : Proceedings of the 42nd Australasian Science Education Research Association conference 2011
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference
Publisher ASERA
Place of publication [Adelaide, S.A.]
Keyword(s) primary science education
Summary Amidst an international call for a re-formed and re-envisaged science education agenda, the actual state of teaching science in primary schools is still much the same as it was 15 years or more ago. Whilst much research has provided insights into possible approaches for primary science education, we still find ‘blockers’ to a fully implemented science curriculum in schools. Pre-service teachers, as part of their assessment in a science education unit, interviewed primary teachers and asked the reason behind the approach to science in schools. The responses were varied, with some schools and teachers paying lip service to science education, whereas, in schools where science is a critical element of the curriculum, it is still mainly through the driving force of one enthusiastic teacher. This research will report on the aggregated responses from the surveys and attempt to identify possible ways forward, as suggested by data analysis.
Language eng
Field of Research 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2011
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043301

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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