Growing a primary science specialism: assembling people, places, materials and ideas

Lynch, Julianne, Frankel, Nadine, McCarthy, Kerry and Sharp, Lindy 2015, Growing a primary science specialism: assembling people, places, materials and ideas, Teaching science, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 47-55.

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Title Growing a primary science specialism: assembling people, places, materials and ideas
Author(s) Lynch, JulianneORCID iD for Lynch, Julianne
Frankel, Nadine
McCarthy, Kerry
Sharp, Lindy
Journal name Teaching science
Volume number 61
Issue number 3
Start page 47
End page 55
Total pages 9
Publisher Australian Science Teachers Association
Place of publication Deakin, ACT
Publication date 2015-09-01
ISSN 1449-6313
Keyword(s) Science education
Environmental education
Community partnerships
Student engagement
Curriculum innovation
Educational change
Summary This paper derives from the authors’ experiences of the development of a successful science specialism, implemented in a large primary school in regional Victoria, Australia, since 2012. We discuss how diverse resources – people, spaces, equipment, materials and ideas – were brought together to support a science specialism that focuses on positioning students as burgeoning experts; leveraging and enhancing connections with community; and, developing positive dispositions towards science and the environment. Our discussion is supported by illustrative excerpts from interviews, focus groups and meetings with school and university staff members. We conclude by identifying characteristics that might suggest principles for success in other contexts.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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