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Enhancing the professional participation of science teachers

Project Title

Enhancing the professional participation of science teachers

Project Coordinator

Dr Sandra Frid



Funding Agency SiMERR WA


This initiative was aimed at encouraging and supporting the work of rural or remote WA science teachers, by providing them with a unique and rare opportunity to have access to and contribute to an international science education community. Specifically, four teachers were sponsored to attend and present at an international science education conference-the 2007 World Conference on Science and Technology Education (ICASE2007-Conference of the International Council of Associations for Science Teaching; and CONASTA 56-Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association). The conference was held in Perth, 8-12 July 2007.


The four rural/remote science teachers (two secondary and two primary) were selected from applications received via an information sheet and application form distributed by the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia (STAWA). The four presentations at the World Conference were:

Implementing an Inter-School Science 'Carnival'-Michael Smith, Frankland Primary School

Bush Science with Technology, Enterprise and Environmental Education - Allan Whittome, Badgingarra Primary School

Exploring How Using Interactive Whiteboards in Teaching Engages Indigenous Students in a Remote Community - Hannah Nagle, Laverton Remote Community School

Engaging Students in Local Agricultural Issues - Jacqueline Wheatley-Chadwick, Boddington District High School

Benefits to Rural and Regional Education

This project focused on encouraging science teachers to share 'best practice' endeavours with the wider science education community, particularly with regard to science learning and teaching practices that cater for and reflect features of rural or remote school education. Although small in scope, involving only four teachers (two secondary and two primary teachers), the impact on professional learning was broader, because of the participatory nature inherent in professional sharing with an international audience.

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