Crossing the bridge: New frameworks for STEM teacher education

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Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers

National dissemination workshop

Friday, 9 June 2017

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training provided support for a national dissemination workshop to promote collaborative approaches to nation-wide improvement in the preparation of teachers of mathematics and science and support for the profession of teaching.

The workshop built on the work of five major projects involved 25 Australian universities funded by the Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers program (ETMST). The workshop and dissemination activities developed by expert panels and workshop participants aimed to encourage higher education institutions and education agencies to further the impact of the ETMST projects and their high-level findings around four themes:     

  1. establishing sustainable cross-disciplinary partnerships in course design and delivery;
  2. enhancing the impact of professional networks and partnerships;
  3. strengthening the professional identity of STEM teachers; and
  4. extending innovations to professional learning for teachers.
Who attended?

Leading mathematicians, scientists and educators from ETMST project teams involving 25 Australian universities; Australian Council of Deans of Education; Australian Council of Deans of Science; Australia’s Chief Scientist and State equivalents; Australian Government Department of Education and Training; Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership; university deputy and pro vice-chancellors (academic); academic staff from faculties of education and science; representatives from teacher employers (including school principals and peak bodies); and state and territory initial teacher education course accreditation and teacher registration authorities.

Program

8.30

Registration

9.00

Acknowledgement of country

9.05

Details of the program and planned outcomes for the day

9.15

Opening address

  • Professor Pip Pattison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) University of Sydney, Convenor

9.30

Ideas for Action 1. Embedding authentic science in teacher preparation programs through partnerships with science professionals in the workplace.

  • New models of partnerships to enrich the STEM curriculum
    • Professor Russell Tytler, Deakin University
    • Professor Les Dawes, Queensland University of Technology
  • Closing the gaps in pre-service and in-service teacher understanding of the practices of contemporary science
    • Professor Debbie Corrigan, Monash University
  • A distinctive approach to engaging regionally based professionals to inspire students in regional universities
    • Associate Professor Geoff Woolcott, Southern Cross University

10.00

Table discussions and feedback

10.15

Ideas for Action 2: Implementing sustainable models for collaborative cross-faculty course design and organisation

  • Sustaining interdisciplinary collaboration and maintaining coherence in cross-faculty courses and programs
    • Professor Kim Beswick, University of Tasmania
  • Integrating Mathematics and Education faculty programs
    • Associate Professor Shaun Belward, James Cook University
  • Addressing the challenges of competing priorities in developing cross faculty collaborative approaches
    • Professor Joanne Mulligan, Macquarie University

10.45

Table discussions and feedback

11.00

Morning tea (please advise pburton@usc.edu.au if you have any dietary requirements)

11.15

Ideas for Action 3. Developing the professional identity of STEM graduates and teachers through professional learning and support networks

  • Establishing a sustainable online community to support STEM teachers to connect to each other and to the knowledge they need
    • Dr Nick Kelly, Queensland University of Technology
  • Building new and sustainable regional collaborative networks supporting STEM graduates and teachers
    • Dr Margaret Marshman, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Developing pre-service student identity as a teacher and emerging leader within the mathematics community
    • Associate Professor Judy Anderson, University of Sydney

11.45

Table discussions and feedback

12.00

Panel response to ideas for action

Australian Council of Deans of Education & Australian Council of Deans of Science

  • Professor Tania Aspland, President, ACDE
  • Professor Brian Yates, (University of Tasmania) President ACDS
  • Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, (Deakin University) ETMST:E Advisory Group
  • Professor John Rice, (Executive Director ACDS) ETMST:E Advisory Group

12.30

Lunch (please advise pburton@usc.edu.au if you have any dietary requirements)

1.00

Australian Council of Deans of Education & Australian Council of Deans of Science priorities for embedding change

  • Professor Tania Aspland, President, ACDE
  • Professor Brian Yates, (University of Tasmania) President ACDS
  • Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, (Deakin University) ETMST:E Advisory Group
  • Professor John Rice, (Executive Director ACDS) ETMST:E Advisory Group

1.45

Reflections on program outcomes and support for change

  • Professor Les Dawes, Queensland University of Technology (Step Up)
  • Professor Stephen Dinham, University of Melbourne (ReMSTEP)
  • Professor Joseph Grotowski, University of Queensland (IMSITE)
  • Professor Jo Mulligan, Macquarie University (ORS)
  • Associate Professor Geoff Woolcott, Southern Cross University (IPOML)

2.15

Closing comments and next steps

Convenor: Professor Pip Pattison

2.45

Workshop concludes

Location and venue

The national dissemination workshop was held at the Queensland University of Technology's premier top-floor venue - Room Three Sixty - at the Gardens Point campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland. For more information please visit QUT maps and getting here.

Social Networking

Participants used the hashtag #ETMSTcrossingthebridge on their social networking services to join the conversation on the day. Search the hashtag to find out what people posted about enhancing the training of mathematics and science teachers

More information

Paige Burton

E: pburton@usc.edu.au

Tel: + 61 7 5430 1177

Mob: + 61 4 1316 0040

Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. 

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