Activities

How the outcomes were achieved

Reconceptualising Chemistry

Deakin University undergraduate pre-service teachers worked with postgraduate research science students at the Institute for Frontier Materials to develop teaching resources for use in secondary classrooms.

Contact

Dr Gail Chittleborough, Deakin University.

Responds to ReMSTEP innovation(s):

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Specialist science and technology centre collaborations.

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Opportunities for students to interact with scientists in world-class research environments.

Key points

  • Pre-service teachers collaborated with postgraduate researchers at the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)
  • Pre-service teachers developed teaching resources that identify and explain the practices used by the scientists at IFM

At Deakin University, pre-service teachers studying to teach secondary science took part in an innovative project developed by Dr Gail Chittleborough and Dr Jenny Pringle. The project involved the pre-service teachers working closely with postgraduate research science students at the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), listening to presentations on their research topics and taking part in one-on-one discussions.

It was really interesting to see the lab and equipment the researchers use and to discuss the concepts behind their work in person.

Pre-Service Teacher, 2015 survey comment

From this collaboration, the pre-service teachers have developed teaching resources that identify and explain the practices used by the scientists at IFM, and link to Senior Chemistry learning outcomes in the Victorian and national curriculums. These resources took the form of teaching modules that were composed of teaching activities, teacher notes, student activities, and in some cases contextual videos or posters.

Some examples of produced resources:

This project expanded my knowledge and understanding of different chemistry methods and the way in which they interact. It was interesting and thought provoking to consider the research involved and provided an opportunity to think about teaching the ways in which chemistry is applied in the real world.

Pre-Service Teacher, 2015 survey comment

The project was well received by both the researchers and the pre-service teachers. The IFM researchers appreciated the chance to learn how to make their research more accessible to the public, while the pre-service teachers learned about the specific application of the concepts they teach in the classroom.

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For more analysis download the Activity Evaluation report.

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