Science that matters: exploring science learning and teaching in primary schools

Fitzgerald, Angela and Smith, Kathy (2016) Science that matters: exploring science learning and teaching in primary schools. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41 (4). pp. 64-78. ISSN 0313-5373


To help support primary school students to better understand why science matters, teachers must first be supported to teach science in ways that matter. In moving to this point, this paper identifies the dilemmas and tensions primary school teachers face in the teaching of science. The balance is then readdressed through a research-based examination of some of the components underpinning quality science learning and teaching practices. Stories of teachers reshaping their science teaching to enable practical applications of these elements in future practice are shared to illustrate what is possible.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 05:24
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 03:33
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2016v41n4.4

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