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Classroom InSiTE project: Understanding classroom interactions and trajectories to enhance teaching and learning in science and technology

The goal of this three-year collaborative research project was to develop a more robust understanding of the interactions between teachers; students; the important ideas and attitudes of science and technology; and the tools and knowledges that teachers use to support student learning.

This longitudinal study was carried out in 6 schools with groups of teachers and their students (Years 1-8).

In 2005 the emphasis was on understanding current practice through classroom observations and interviews with teachers and students.

Late in 2005 and particularly in 2006 and 2007 the emphasis was on enhancing classroom interactions and learning.

Teachers and researchers jointly contributed to the construction of the analysis of student learning trajectories and interactions that support these.

Partnerships involved the Centre for Science and Technology Education Research (now the Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre) and the teachers from six Waikato based schools. These schools ranged from urban to rural and decile 1-10.

This project was funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI).

Further information about the project can be found on the TLRI web site.

Project outputs

Cowie, B., Moreland, J., Jones, A., & Otrel-Cass, K. (2008). Classroom InSITE project Understanding classroom interactions to enhance teaching and learning in science and technology in Years 1–8: Final Report. Wellington: Teaching Learning Research Initiative. (PDF - 689.21 KB)

Cowie, B., Moreland, J., Jones, A., & Otrel-Cass, K. (2008). Classroom InSITE project Understanding classroom interactions to enhance teaching and learning in science and technology in Years 1–8: Summary. Wellington: Teaching Learning Research Initiative. (PDF - 69.54 KB)

The research team were also commissioned to produce a number of teaching resources based on their findings from the project.

These resources are available to download from the TLRI website:

Insite Overview (PDF - 295.63KB)

Insite Design Thinking (PDF - 499.72KB)

Insite Planning (PDF - 555.14KB)

Insite Interaction (PDF - 433.13KB)

Insite Teacher Stories (PDF - 1001.16KB)

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