Embedding collaborative enhancement and reflection in science and mathematics initial teacher education programs

Whannell, Robert and Woolcott, Geoff and Marshman, Margaret and Galligan, Linda ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8156-8690 and Pfeiffer, Linda and Wines, Chris (2018) Embedding collaborative enhancement and reflection in science and mathematics initial teacher education programs. In: STEM: Integrated Education for the Real World 5th International STEM in Education Conference, 21-23 Nov, 2018, Brisbane, Australia.


This paper reports the findings from the initial embedding of a process of enhancement and reflection in pre-service teacher (PST) science and mathematics methods units and the influence the process has had on PST confidence. The focus of the embedding was to enhance, through collaboration with practicing mathematicians and scientists, the capacity of PSTs to use local contexts to create situated learning opportunities for their students that would include enhanced scientific/mathematical thinking requirements. The embedding also included a reflective process to enhance PST understanding of the emotional experience of teaching as a means of supporting their sense of confidence and identity. While there were some shortcomings reported by students in the complexity of the process, positive outcomes were reported for both enhanced mathematics and scientific thinking and in PST confidence through reflection.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 Jul 2013 - 5 Sep 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2020 03:16
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 05:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mathematics education, science education, initial teacher training, enhancement, reflection
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390109 Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36537

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