School-scientist partnerships: what makes them tick? A case study from the CSIRO scientists in schools program

McCabe, Bernadette K. and Weber, Hellen and Pezaro, Charlotte (2011) School-scientist partnerships: what makes them tick? A case study from the CSIRO scientists in schools program. In: 1st international Conference of STEM in Education , 26-27 Nov 2010, Brisbane, Australia.

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Scientists in Schools (SiS) is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). This national program seeks to bring volunteer scientists together with teachers into an ongoing professional partnership, with the aim of increasing awareness of contemporary scientific endeavour and knowledge within school communities. The most valuable mode of partnership is one where scientists work with students and teachers in a continuing relationship with the school. This is the essence of the SiS program. One such partnership forged by Concordia Lutheran College, Toowoomba and a microbiologist from the University of Southern Queensland has been progressing since September 2007.
The aim of this presentation is to showcase the various activities undertaken during this partnership, highlighting the importance of the open, flexible and creative nature of the relationship. One of the key advantages of such partnerships is the mutual benefits that can be gained not only from the students and teachers interacting with the scientist but also the reciprocal exchange in pedagogical practice that scientists can receive. This session will also detail some of the experiences gained from this three-way interaction and will provide the opportunity for participants to share related experiences; particularly looking at how similar school-scientist models work and the elements that drive success and longevity.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only, paper not on website 1/6//2012 HH. Copyright of the paper remains with the author(s). Note from Conference committee 10/5/2011: 'We have decided to publish these papers as Conference Proceedings through the STEM2010 website'.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 05 May 2011 05:31
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 23:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: student-teacher-scientist interaction, mutual benefits, flexible partnership, long-term, successful
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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