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2013 research

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SCU Education November 2013

Geoff Woolcott, It's part of my life: Engaging university and community to enhance science and mathematics education staff research seminar

SCU Festival of Teaching: Scholarship of Teaching Symposium October 2013

Geoff Woolcott

Abstract
This project is a three-year $1 million research grant recently awarded to the Regional Universities Network (RUN) by the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching. The project has a focus on improving pre-service teachers' confidence through increasing their competence, with implementation and research built around this focus. The project draws together the strengths of university mathematicians, scientists, and specialist educators to enhance the higher education mathematics and science education curriculum framework by grounding pre-service teacher training in the practical contexts that are an integral part of our daily lives. Additionally, the project involves an enhanced feedback component where pre-service teachers learn to self-analyse critical affective states recorded while they were teaching. This component is directed at improving teacher performance through an investigation of the contribution of pre-service teacher competence, gained through the interactions with specialist educators, scientists and mathematicians, to their level of confidence. The following four research initiatives will be generated during project implementation: a formative evaluation of the project; an investigation of the integration of science and maths research into pre-service teacher programs; an investigation of self-evaluation of affective states observed during classroom teaching, and; an investigation of mentoring of current project participants by past project participants. As part of these research initiatives, pre-service teachers' confidence and competence will be assessed both before and after they have participated in initial interactions with scientists, mathematicians and specialist educators, as well as after the enhanced feedback component.

OLT Partner Forum December 2013

Geoff Woolcott, It's part of my life: Engaging university and community to enhance science and mathematics education partner seminar.