A curriculum innovation framework for science, technology and mathematics education

Tytler, Russell, Symington, David and Smith, Craig 2011, A curriculum innovation framework for science, technology and mathematics education, Research in science education, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 19-38, doi: 10.1007/s11165-009-9144-y.

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Title A curriculum innovation framework for science, technology and mathematics education
Author(s) Tytler, RussellORCID iD for Tytler, Russell orcid.org/0000-0003-0161-7240
Symington, David
Smith, Craig
Journal name Research in science education
Volume number 41
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 38
Total pages 20
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011-01
ISSN 0157-244X
Keyword(s) Innovation
School-community links
Science education
Mathematics education
Technology education
Teacher professional learning
Summary There is growing concern about falling levels of student engagement with school science, as evidenced by studies of student attitudes, and decreasing participation at the post compulsory level. One major response to this, the Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) initiative, involves partnerships between schools and community and industry organisations in developing curriculum projects at the local level. This project fulfils many of the conditions advocated to engage students in learning in the sciences. ASISTM is underpinned by the notion of innovation. This paper describes the findings of case study research in which 16 ASISTM projects were selected as innovation exemplars. A definition of innovation and an innovation framework were developed, through which the case studies were analysed to make sense of the significance of the ideas and practices, participating actors, and outcomes of the projects. Through this analysis we argue that innovation is a powerful idea for framing curriculum development in the sciences at the local level that is generative for students and teachers, and that these ASISTM projects provide valuable models for engaging students, and for teacher professional learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11165-009-9144-y
Field of Research 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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