Enhancing primary student-teacher interactions in science and technology
“[States should] build greater capacity in science and technology for sustainable development…. Education is critical for promoting sustainable development. It is therefore essential to…integrate sustainable development into education systems at all levels of education in order to promote education as a key agent for change.”
Extracts from articles 108-121, Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002.
Helping students learn more in science and technology education is the ultimate aim of a University of Waikato Faculty of Education project.
The InSiTE project has developed a way to help teachers identify, articulate and build their knowledge of pedagogy with their knowledge of science and technology, and how this can all be blended to help students learn more.
By doing this, it is recognised that a wider range of students will learn more if they have teachers who provide many and varied ways for them to articulate, explore and refine their own ideas. Also, teachers are able to provide more focused and helpful feedback to students.
The InSiTE project involved 12 primary school teachers over three years. It built on earlier research, and was headed by the Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Associate Professor Bronwen Cowie, and the Dean of Education, Professor Alister Jones, together with Dr Judy Moreland and Kathrin Otrel-Cass. Its goal was to understand and enhance classroom Assessment for Learning interactions. The researchers undertook classroom observations, collecting lesson materials and videoing teachers' interactions with students. There were also meeting days for the teachers and researchers to discuss emerging findings and to plan for teaching.
External funding gratefully acknowledged: Ministry of Education Teaching and Learning Research Initiative project funding.
WILF MALCOLM INSTITUTE OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
FACULTY OF EDUCATION
CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION RESEARCH
FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING