STEM-focused engagement and impact: Capacity building through nation-wide and localised learning programs. (All Levels)


The presentation outlines two professional learning programs that describe teacher impact across national and local programs. The first program, the Early Learning STEM Australia Pilot is a play-based learning program that includes a series of apps to explore STEM learning. The second program is a spatial reasoning intervention program implemented in primary- and secondary-school classrooms.

Both programs included the professional development of teachers however the approaches required differed, with two models of teacher engagement developed. The first model, a national model, for teacher engagement reflected the needs of a large group of teachers across geographically and contextually different areas of Australia. This approach for approximately 300 teachers across 100 preschool sites included delivery of resources, communications and a Community of Practice online as well as limited face-to-face professional development. The second model, a localized model, was able to include more input from classroom teachers in order to develop an intervention program that abreast of local contexts and needs. This model relied more heavily on face-to-face engagement and the reinforcement of established local learning communities.

Teachers will continue to develop understandings on:
• Teacher impact in STEM-focused learning
• Building teacher capacity through learning programs
• Different models of professional learning
• Research and professional learning for improving practice

Tom Lowrie

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
F-3 07/12/2018 09:00 am 10:00 am La Trobe University


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