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Treagust, David F.; Won, Mihye; Petersen, Jacinta; Wynne, Georgie – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2015
In this article, we describe how teachers in the Australian school system are educated to teach science and the different qualifications that teachers need to enter the profession. The latest comparisons of Australian students in international science assessments have brought about various accountability measures to improve the quality of science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Policy
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Chittleborough, Gail – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
The Australian Government initiative, Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF), was a targeted response to improve the preparation of future teachers with integrating technology into their practice. This paper reports on TTF research involving 28 preservice teachers undertaking a chemistry curriculum studies unit that adopted a technological focus.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Koch, Janice; Appleton, Ken – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2007
This study describes an elementary science model of professional development through mentoring by university science education professors working with teachers at a private elementary school in a regional city in Queensland, Australia. A cross-cultural collaboration involving professors from the United States and Australia resulted in the socially…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Faculty Development
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Mulholland, Judith; Dorman, Jeffrey P.; Odgers, Barbara M. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2004
Research investigating science teaching efficacy was conducted in 1 Australian university. A sample of 314 elementary preservice teachers responded to the Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI; L. G. Enochs & I. M. Riggs, 1990), which assesses 2 teaching efficacy dimensions: Personal Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs (PSTEB) and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Preservice Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Ferry, Brian – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1996
Describes an innovation designed to capitalize on certain benefits of concept maps. Uses computer software with preservice teachers to enable them to construct concept maps that represent their own subject matter knowledge. Contains 21 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Educational Innovation
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Ginns, Ian S.; Watters, James J. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1999
Focuses on the behaviors and experiences of beginning teachers as they face the task of teaching science on a regular and extended basis for the first time. Finds that experiencing success appeared to be a major contribution to effective science teaching by beginning teachers. (Contains 31 references.) (WRM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries
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Ferry, Brian – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1993
Reports on a project that provided preservice elementary teachers with experiences designed to increase their background knowledge of science, and to encourage them to teach science. An interactive science center and an outdoor field study center in Australia were chosen as venues for hands-on teaching experiences. (LZ)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries