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Supporting and resourcing secondary science teachers in rural and regional schools

Kenny, J, Seen, AJ and Purser, J 2008 , 'Supporting and resourcing secondary science teachers in rural and regional schools' , Teaching Science, vol. 54, no. 3 , pp. 19-24 .

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This paper reports on the outcomes of a pilot project to support secondary teachers of science
in rural and regional Tasmania. The pilot project involved eight regional schools and was
based on the provision of a kit of materials and an associated learning program that used
brine shrimp or ‘sea-monkeys’ to test for water quality. The unit was developed as one of a
number of small projects organised by the Tasmanian SiMERR Hub. It involved collaboration
between staff from two faculties at the University of Tasmania (UTAS): the Faculty of Science
and the Faculty of Education. Two local secondary teachers were seconded to develop the
teaching materials.
The outcomes of the project were that, while the teachers appreciated the resource materials,
there were some barriers which reduced the effectiveness of this approach to supporting
the professional development (PD) of teachers. The fi ndings are then considered in the
context of relevant literature concerning teacher PD and the effective use of Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) to support the PD of teachers in rural and regional areas.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kenny, J and Seen, AJ and Purser, J
Journal or Publication Title: Teaching Science
ISSN: 1449-6313
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