New educational website to help teachers promote equitable learning

March 16, 2022

Planting the seeds of a scientific career. Picture: Pixabay.

The Australian Academy of Sciences’ secondary science program, “Science by Doing”, is proud to announce a new website specially designed for teachers.

Launched in February, the site builds on the Academy’s strong educational foundations with a new curriculum using a revised pedagogical approach emphasizing flexible professional learning.

Supporting teachers supports students

Recognizing the central role that teachers play and based on knowledge of how students learn, the program provides teachers with strategies designed to engage students in grades 7-10 to explore, ask questions, share ideas and improve their ways of thinking for the rest of their lives. .

The aim is to help teachers be confident in reaching all students, which promotes equitable learning where all students are supported to engage in science.

Teachers are so often the source of that early spark of enthusiasm for discovery that inspires young people to pursue a career in science and embrace the process of discovery.Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley

Teachers are given examples that will help their students understand things through problem-based teaching and learning, all aligned with the Australian curriculum.

The program incorporates meaning-making, a way of building on individual student experiences, and is designed to develop each student’s confidence to engage with the world through science.

“Teachers are so often the source of that early spark of enthusiasm for discovery that inspires young people to pursue careers in science and embrace the process of discovery,” says Academy Fellow and Dr Cathy Foley. Australia’s chief scientist.

Using contemporary research-based practices, with a greater focus on real Australian scientific contexts, data and scientists, the resources are adaptable to meet the diversity of Australian students and the different contexts in our classrooms .

Inspiring our youth through science

In designing and testing the new curriculum, Science by Doing is examining how to enable teachers to better facilitate a guided inquiry approach, create deeper engagement, and improve outcomes for their students.

The Science by Doing program engages with teachers, science education scholars and scientists – across Australia and internationally – to co-develop, test, monitor and evaluate learning materials, build STEM capacity and meet the needs of school communities.

The Australian Academy of Sciences aims to inspire young people through science, and this new website is designed to help build a future Australia equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world, both locally than global.

Learn more about the Science by Doing program.

Science by Doing is supported by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Sherry J. Basler