Evaluation of delivery of the switched on secondary science professional learning (SOSSPL) program (2011-12)

Hubber, Peter, Tytler, Russell, Chittleborough, Gail, Campbell, Coral, Jobling, Wendy, Barraza, Laura, Herbert, Sandra, Cripps Clarke, John, Chandler, Paul and Plant, Barry 2012, Evaluation of delivery of the switched on secondary science professional learning (SOSSPL) program (2011-12), Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Evaluation of delivery of the switched on secondary science professional learning (SOSSPL) program (2011-12)
Author(s) Hubber, Peter
Tytler, Russell
Chittleborough, Gail
Campbell, Coral
Jobling, Wendy
Barraza, Laura
Herbert, Sandra
Cripps Clarke, John
Chandler, Paul
Plant, Barry
Publication date 2012-08
Total pages 93 p.
Publisher Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Secondary Science
Professional Development
Summary The Switched On Secondary Science Professional Learning (SOSSPL) program consisted of three days professional learning for Victorian DEECD secondary science teachers. Days 1 and 2 were undertaken consecutively, with Day 3 following a break of several weeks. The break allowed sufficient time for teachers to undertake a small classroom-based project within one of the topics they were teaching at the time. The program was designed to build teacher capacity to improve student learning outcomes in secondary science.

The program supported teachers to plan and implement classroom sequences that focused on student construction and interpretation of different representations of the science concepts and processes that are described by the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS): Science and the Science Continuum P-10. The Deakin University team in collaboration with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) produced curriculum resources for the program that encapsulated a representational focus to the teaching and learning of science. The program explored and linked to core DEECD resources such as the e5 Instructional Model and the Science Continuum P-10.
The SOSSPL program was delivered in all Victorian DEECD regions in 2010-11 and was evaluated (Hubber et al, 2011). The program was delivered again in all Victorian DEECD regions in 2011-12. The evaluation of the 2011-12 program is reported here with some comparisons made to the findings from the previously delivered program.
This evaluation of the SOSSPL program involved an online survey, daily workshop evaluations, focus group and presentations data of the participating teachers’ classroom-based projects. The aim of the evaluation was to make a judgement about the effectiveness of the SOSSPL program in terms of building teacher capacity to improve student learning outcomes in secondary science.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050930

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