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

journal contribution
posted on 2015-09-01, 00:00 authored by Julianne LynchJulianne Lynch, N Frankel, K McCarthy, L Sharp
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.

History

Journal

Teaching science

Volume

61

Issue

3

Pagination

47 - 55

Publisher

Australian Science Teachers Association

Location

Deakin, ACT

ISSN

1449-6313

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2015, Australian Science Teachers Association