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Working towards evidence based practice in science teaching and learning

Tynan, RJ and Jones, RB and Mallaburn, A and Clays, K (2016) Working towards evidence based practice in science teaching and learning. School Science Review, 97 (361). pp. 109-115. ISSN 0036-6811

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Abstract

High performing international education systems integrate evidence based practice into their initial teacher education programmes (BERA-RSA 2014). It is the authors’ experience that the usefulness of education research to education practitioners is not always easy to judge and this leads to justifiable caution towards evidence based practice amongst trainee science teachers and their mentors in schools. A subject knowledge module was taught separately to 22 undergraduate students in their final year of a Primary/Secondary Education Honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to 50 students following Graduate Diploma Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in Chemistry and Physics preparing to take up places on Science Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses. An example of informal practitioner research is described and discussed. This involved using a science in society or socio-scientific approach to deliver a science subject knowledge module with two different cohorts of intending science teachers. The aim was to demonstrate strategies for facilitating the development of critical thinking and scientific literacy in school science lessons. The use of anonymous voting devices during sessions indicated a polarisation of opinions amongst participants rather than a more considered or critical response to the scientific questions. This discussion seeks to illustrate the value and drawbacks of informal practitioner research and how this evidence based approach might be beneficial to teaching and learning in science.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: School of Education
Publisher: Association for Science Education
Date Deposited: 26 May 2016 10:39
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 11:00
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3678

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