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    1. 2007 TRIAL

    2. 2007 TRIAL Introduction to Primary Connections The Primary Connections Team January 2007

    3. 2007 TRIAL Outcomes On completion of this module participants should be able to: Clarify their beliefs and concerns about effective teaching and learning of science in primary school Understand and describe the philosophy and approach of Primary Connections Understand the background, purpose, organisation and research behind Primary Connections Understand and describe the five main underpinning principles Understand and describe the exemplary curriculum resources and the ways they support effective teaching and learning of science and literacy in primary schools

    4. 2007 TRIAL Workshop Outline (2 hours) INTRO (5 mins): Purpose, outline, outcomes ENGAGE (15 mins) : Participant beliefs and concerns Sharing opinions EXPLORE (60 mins) : The five underpinning principles EXPLAIN (15 mins) : What is Primary Connections and how was it developed? ELABORATE (15 mins): Exemplary curriculum units EVALUATE (10 mins): Summary, self assessment and evaluation

    5. 2007 TRIAL Purpose of the workshop To introduce the Primary Connections program so that you are able to make informed decisions about its benefits in enhancing the teaching and learning of science and literacy. Is this your bus? Will you get on it?

    6. 2007 TRIAL What is Primary Connections?

    7. 2007 TRIAL Purpose of Primary Connections To improve learning outcomes for primary students in science and literacy by developing a professional learning program supported with curriculum resources that will improve teachers confidence and competence for teaching science through developing their science pedagogical content knowledge.

    8. 2007 TRIAL AAS view is that a strong education sector at all levels is vital to Australias future. The primary purpose of school science education is to develop scientifically literate citizens with the skills to make informed decisions on issues of science, technology, the environment and their own health and well-being. An important secondary purpose is to attract students into science related careers. In order to achieve these goals, a strong foundation in primary school is necessary. There is a lack of science being taught in Australian primary schools because many primary teachers lack confidence in their background knowledge and competence in teaching science. We need a program that supports and encourages primary school teachers in teaching science. We believe that Primary Connections, which was formerly known as the Primary Science and Literacy Project, is such a program. It links the teaching of science to the teaching of literacy in our primary schools and has received widespread support across the country. AAS view is that a strong education sector at all levels is vital to Australias future. The primary purpose of school science education is to develop scientifically literate citizens with the skills to make informed decisions on issues of science, technology, the environment and their own health and well-being. An important secondary purpose is to attract students into science related careers. In order to achieve these goals, a strong foundation in primary school is necessary. There is a lack of science being taught in Australian primary schools because many primary teachers lack confidence in their background knowledge and competence in teaching science. We need a program that supports and encourages primary school teachers in teaching science. We believe that Primary Connections, which was formerly known as the Primary Science and Literacy Project, is such a program. It links the teaching of science to the teaching of literacy in our primary schools and has received widespread support across the country.

    9. 2007 TRIAL Scientific literacy develops _____________________________________________ None/very little career scientist The notion of progress in scientific literacy is fundamental to the growth in students knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes and the ability to use that knowledge and understanding in everyday situations. (Goodrum, Hackling, Rennie 2001)

    10. 2007 TRIAL Principle 1 Linking science with literacy Use everyday literacies to learn about science concepts and the literacies of science Represent and communicate science ideas, understandings and information by learning and using the literacies of science Provide a meaningful science context and a purpose for literacy learning

    11. 2007 TRIAL Moulds What do you know?

    12. 2007 TRIAL Principle 2 The 5Es teaching/learning model ENGAGE EXPLORE EXPLAIN ELABORATE EVALUATE

    13. 2007 TRIAL AAS view is that a strong education sector at all levels is vital to Australias future. The primary purpose of school science education is to develop scientifically literate citizens with the skills to make informed decisions on issues of science, technology, the environment and their own health and well-being. An important secondary purpose is to attract students into science related careers. In order to achieve these goals, a strong foundation in primary school is necessary. There is a lack of science being taught in Australian primary schools because many primary teachers lack confidence in their background knowledge and competence in teaching science. We need a program that supports and encourages primary school teachers in teaching science. We believe that Primary Connections, which was formerly known as the Primary Science and Literacy Project, is such a program. It links the teaching of science to the teaching of literacy in our primary schools and has received widespread support across the country. AAS view is that a strong education sector at all levels is vital to Australias future. The primary purpose of school science education is to develop scientifically literate citizens with the skills to make informed decisions on issues of science, technology, the environment and their own health and well-being. An important secondary purpose is to attract students into science related careers. In order to achieve these goals, a strong foundation in primary school is necessary. There is a lack of science being taught in Australian primary schools because many primary teachers lack confidence in their background knowledge and competence in teaching science. We need a program that supports and encourages primary school teachers in teaching science. We believe that Primary Connections, which was formerly known as the Primary Science and Literacy Project, is such a program. It links the teaching of science to the teaching of literacy in our primary schools and has received widespread support across the country.

    14. 2007 TRIAL Principle 3 Teaching and learning about science with an inquiry/investigative approach

    15. 2007 TRIAL Principle 4 Co-operative learning strategies Director Speaker Manager Each role has specific duties and responsibilities as the students work through the activities.

    16. 2007 TRIAL Assessment activity

    17. 2007 TRIAL Principle 5 Linking assessment with teaching and learning PHASE OF THE MODEL ASSESSMENT FOCUS ENGAGE PHASE DIAGNOSTIC EXPLORE PHASE FORMATIVE EXPLAIN FORMATIVE ELABORATE SUMMATIVE (investigating) EVALUATE SUMMATIVE (concepts)

    18. 2007 TRIAL The origin of Primary Connections - a collaborative project Australian Academy of Science project Funded by Department of Education, Science and Training as a quality initiative under the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program (AGQTP) Research consultants in both science and literacy education Reference Group consisting of representatives from Australian Academy of Science Department of Education, Science and Training Universities Literacy, English and Science Educator Associations State Education Departments Catholic and Independent Schools Associations Australian Primary Principals Assocation

    19. 2007 TRIAL Research findings Primary Connections was trialled by 106 teachers in 56 schools across all states and territories in 2005 and 2006. Primary Connections improved teachers confidence, self-efficacy and practice increased the amount of science taught had students responding positively to the activities and learning approach made a positive contribution to literacy learning and students used a wider range of forms of representation improved the status of science within the school (Hackling & Prain, 2005)

    20. 2007 TRIAL AAS view is that a strong education sector at all levels is vital to Australias future. The primary purpose of school science education is to develop scientifically literate citizens with the skills to make informed decisions on issues of science, technology, the environment and their own health and well-being. An important secondary purpose is to attract students into science related careers. In order to achieve these goals, a strong foundation in primary school is necessary. There is a lack of science being taught in Australian primary schools because many primary teachers lack confidence in their background knowledge and competence in teaching science. We need a program that supports and encourages primary school teachers in teaching science. We believe that Primary Connections, which was formerly known as the Primary Science and Literacy Project, is such a program. It links the teaching of science to the teaching of literacy in our primary schools and has received widespread support across the country. AAS view is that a strong education sector at all levels is vital to Australias future. The primary purpose of school science education is to develop scientifically literate citizens with the skills to make informed decisions on issues of science, technology, the environment and their own health and well-being. An important secondary purpose is to attract students into science related careers. In order to achieve these goals, a strong foundation in primary school is necessary. There is a lack of science being taught in Australian primary schools because many primary teachers lack confidence in their background knowledge and competence in teaching science. We need a program that supports and encourages primary school teachers in teaching science. We believe that Primary Connections, which was formerly known as the Primary Science and Literacy Project, is such a program. It links the teaching of science to the teaching of literacy in our primary schools and has received widespread support across the country.

    21. 2007 TRIAL Curriculum resource organisation If time quickly go through units already out and those being trialled this year.If time quickly go through units already out and those being trialled this year.

    22. 2007 TRIAL Exemplary curriculum units & resources

    23. 2007 TRIAL In summary, Primary Connections: links science with literacy is based on the 5Es teaching and learning model uses an inquiry/investigative approach uses co-operative learning strategies embeds the assessment processes in the teaching and learning model provides exemplary curriculum units and other resources AND all of these contribute to the development of scientific literacy in primary age students!