Primary teacher educators' practices in and perspectives on inquiry-based science education: insights into the Australian landscape

Fitzgerald, Angela and Pressick-Kilborn, Kimberley and Mills, Reece (2021) Primary teacher educators' practices in and perspectives on inquiry-based science education: insights into the Australian landscape. Education 3-13, 49 (3). pp. 344-356. ISSN 0300-4279


Abstract

Initial teacher education (ITE) providers prepare graduates to be effective classroom practitioners, but there is little contemporary research capturing what this preparation actually looks like for primary (elementary) science education in Australia. Drawing on a broader study, this paper reports on teacher educators’ practices and perspectives about inquiry-based science education using questionnaire and interview data. The findings unpack five themes that make sense of how inquiry-based science education is understood and enacted in ITE. Implications are discussed in the form of ‘tensions’ for both inquiry-based science teaching and learning with recommendations for navigating these tensions suggested.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2022 01:21
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 01:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: Initial teacher education, inquiry-based education, primary science, science education, primary school education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390304 Primary education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2020.1854962
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49284

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