Activities

How the outcomes were achieved

Multidisciplinary Science and Technology in Education collaboration

Over the course of 2014 to 2016, 38 PSTs in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at La Trobe University Bendigo participated in the ReMSTEP-supported Multidisciplinary Science and Technology in Education (MSTiE) program, to enhance their knowledge in the science and technology.

Contact

Dr Peter Cox, La Trobe University.

Responds to ReMSTEP innovation(s):

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Contemporary science and mathematics integrated in initial teacher education (ITE) units of study.

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Maths and Science teaching specialisations within ITE primary programs.

Key points

  • Provided key additional resources for delivering practical and engaging science activities for primary school students to 38 PSTs in the regional Victoria
  • Scientists gave interactive demonstrations at regional primary schools

The Multidisciplinary Science and Technology in Education (MSTiE) program was developed by Dr Peter Cox for third year undergraduate Bachelor of Education (Primary) students studying in Bendigo to encourage them to create more engaging and interactive units of work for their students. ReMSTEP was involved from 2014 to 2016 to provide additional experience and resources to the project.

We saw an opportunity for engaging the pre-service teachers with practicing research scientists, that one of the core innovation of the ReMSTEP platform.

Dr David Hoxley, Lecturer, La Trobe University

This program involved the pre-service teachers (PSTs) designing and delivering a STEM unit, during their third year school placement. Using scientists and resources from La Trobe University’s School of Molecular Sciences, the PSTs worked in groups of 1 and 2 to create a STEM unit of work for their students within 5–8 one-hour lessons.

It’s really good having a scientist to see, because I have never seen a real scientist before.

Year 1 Girton Grammar student
Grade 1 Girton Grammar student xploring crystals

This development process included:

Pre-service teacher Jana Mollison with a student at the Discover Science and Technology Centre

This project was focused in regional Victoria, and the PSTs who participated valued the support from ReMSTEP, especially in obtaining the materials and support from the scientists and the School of Molecular Sciences. Most of the PSTs found that they would be able to replicate on their own the experiments they created, if they did not require specialist or dangerous equipment or materials. The lesson plans produced contain ideas on how to teach new topics and will serve them well in their teaching career.

Something magic happens when a scientist is put in touch with pre-service teachers and students.

Dr David Hoxley, Lecturer, La Trobe University

The MSTiE project will continue to run in the future in the third year students studying the of the Bachelor of Education (Primary). The project resources handed in as a part of the student’s assessment in years prior can be made available to other students if permission is given, these can be used for ideas and models to use in the classroom. The equipment, on loan from the School of Molecular Science, will continue to be available.

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