The objective of WP5, led by the University of Strathclyde (UNIVSTRATH), is to  support the  incorporation of innovative teaching and learning practices, including inquiry-based science  teaching methods, into initial teacher education (ITE). A useful starter paper by Jim McNally can be found here.
A poster for the presentation of S-TEAM/WP5 at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-sponsored University of Strathclyde Research Day, 17th June can be found here.
Description of work

WP5 will produce knowledge, practices and tools to help teacher educators and pre-service  teachers overcome constraints on the  implementation of innovative methods in science education.   This will involve adopting these innovative methods and  principles in science teacher education  itself, e.g. the use of group work and problem-based learning, dialogical learning and the  acceptance of uncertainty within scientific inquiry. Their common theme is that they are based in  existing teacher  education institutions or systems, and that they address problems raised by  teachers in applying innovative methods in science.

Sub-packages:    WP5a (UNIVSTRATH) will produce a set of 3 subject-specific training modules for  inquiry based  science teaching based on collaboration between teachers at different stages in their careers and  directed at overcoming uncertainty and lack of confidence in new teachers (at student level or  within first or second years of  service) regarding inquiry-based methods (del.5.1).  These will comprise: a) overview statement that covers the educational case for inquiry-based science and  the challenges it poses, especially for new teachers (ITE programmes and early years/induction) b) a general description of theoretically grounded pedagogy   c) scenarios and examples based on realistic classroom situations, for each of the three main scientific disciplines and for interdisciplinary work d) DVD or web video of discussions with practicing teachers, supported by  commentary (in English and also in languages other than English) e) DVD of lessons with actual inquiry-based learning activities, supported by commentary    f) reading of selected articles with a review and questions for discussion, linking experience and theory

Deliverable 5.1 - format and contents  5.1a) overview statement that covers the educational case for inquiry-based science and the challenges it poses, especially for new teachers (ITE programmes and early years/induction)  5.1b) a general description of theoretically grounded pedagogy  5.1c) scenarios and examples based on realistic classroom situations, for each of the three main scientific disciplines and for interdisciplinary work  5.1d) DVD/video resource of discussions with practicing teachers, supported by commentary (in English and also in languages other than English) 5.1e) DVD/video resource of lessons with actual inquiry-based learning activities,  supported by commentary   5.1f) reading of selected articles with a review and questions for discussion, linking experience and theory  5.1g) evidence from a children's view indicator (with DVD interview extracts, subject to permission) Delivery planned for M24  Project Team: Prof J McNally, A. Blake & Dr C Smith + 3 science education lecturers and a technician.

Deliverables WP5: (delivery month in brackets)

5a WP5 Training materials part 1 (M18)

5b WP5 Training materials part 2 (M24)

Products and events   (range shows period of operation or staggered delivery)

5.1   Set of 3 subject-specific training modules for inquiry based  science teaching (24)

5.2    DVD on use of practice placements for skill development in innovative methods  (24).

5.3    Set of guidelines for teacher education courses in IBST/E (12).

5.4    Training package in cross-disciplinary methods in science education (18).

5.5    Training package on Integrated science and primary/secondary transition (18).

5.6    Report and training package on problems of IBST/E in multi-lingual contexts (18).

5.7    English-language web-based resource for teachers based on Viten  project (6-36).

Deliverable

Products

Date started

Date Due

5a

5.3 - guidelines for TE

 

M18

 

5.4 - TP in cross-disciplinary methods

 

 

 

5.5 - TP on integrated science

 

 

 

5.6 - TP on multi-lingual contexts

 

 

 

5.7 - Viten (half-way point)

 

 

5b

5.1 - training modules (subject-specific)

 

M24

 

5.2 - DVD on use of placements

 

 

 

5.7 - Viten - balance of modules

 

M24-36