Empowering teachers through a professional learning program that focused on a representation intensive pedagogical approach
Hubber, Peter and Chittleborough, Gail 2012, Empowering teachers through a professional learning program that focused on a representation intensive pedagogical approach, in NARST 2012 : Re-Imagining Research in 21st Century Science Education for a Diverse Global Community : Proceedings of the National Assocation of Research in Science Teaching annual international confence, NARST, [Indianapolis, Ind.].
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NARST 2012 : Re-Imagining Research in 21st Century Science Education for a Diverse Global Community : Proceedings of the National Assocation of Research in Science Teaching annual international confence
National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual International Conference
A representation-intensive pedagogical approach challenges students to generate and negotiate the representations (text, graphs, models, diagrams) that constitute the discursive practices of science, rather than focusing on the text-based, definitional versions of concepts. It thus represents a more active view of knowledge than traditional structural approaches. Previous research conducted on a small scale with a few topics and teachers, successfully demonstrated enhanced outcomes for students, in terms of sustained engagement with ideas, and quality learning, and for teachers enhanced pedagogical knowledge, and epistemological understanding. This paper explores the efficacy of embedding a representations-intensive pedagogical approach into a state-wide professional learning program that was delivered to secondary science teachers in Victoria, Australian, in 2010/2011. The professional learning program involved participating teachers undertaking two successive days of professional development, then completing a small classroom-based project in their schools before returning for the third day of professional development. The program was supported by on online drupal website. In determining the impact of the professional learning program on the teachers’ practice data was collected in the form of program participant surveys, presentations of the teachers’ classroom-based projects, focus group interviews and phone interviews.
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Field of Research
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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