Professional Learning within Science, Mathematics and Technology Contexts
Dr Andrew Harvey.
This paper examines professional learning within science, mathematics and technology (SMT) contexts. The importance of the teacher to student learning is now widely acknowledged, and the importance of professional learning to improving teacher and teaching quality is also widely accepted. However, there remains debate about what kinds of professional learning are most effective. More specifically, what kinds of professional learning will best address the problems which exist in science, mathematics and technology, disciplines which are characterised by celerity of change?
In exploring these questions, the paper draws on research conducted by the Australian Council of Deans of Education and the Australian Council of Deans of Science in a forthcoming report. The report examined thirty professional learning programs across the SMT disciplines throughout Australia. Major findings included an uneven and unclear application of: appropriate pedagogical orientations for effective learning of SMT; appropriate knowledge domains within SMT; and the organisational principles of effective professional learning in SMT. The paper will discuss the ramifications of these findings, and explore potential new professional learning programs across the disciplines.
Dr Andrew Harvey (Australia)
Australian Council of Deans of Education
Dr Andrew Harvey is Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. His PhD was on minority nationalism in the United Kingdom, and his interests extend to social theory, British history and comparative international education perspectives.
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)