STEM outreach in Northern Queensland: the importance of providing professional development and networking opportunities to educators

Taylor, Donnalee, and Govan, Brenda (2017) STEM outreach in Northern Queensland: the importance of providing professional development and networking opportunities to educators. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 25 (5). pp. 57-68.

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Abstract

Teachers play a significant role as advocates for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)professions and through their work students are encouraged and enabled to progress to STEM related fields in higher education. In 2014, a multi-disciplinary team of tertiary educators provided professional development, capacity-building and networking experiences for STEM secondary educators in regional Northern Queensland. This Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program (HEPPP) funded outreach initiative focused on two key areas of the HEPPP strategic priorities of professional development; engagement and capacity building, to support the teachers in delivering science and science-related curriculum concepts. Hurdles arose between the professional development objectives and the situation of secondary schools in rural and remote regions experiencing social and economic challenges, seeking to leverage opportunities for enrichment and engagement with STEM initiatives and expertise. This paper is a retrospective account of the initiative’s successes and challenges, paying particular attention to the complexities in STEM education in rural-remote locations and the importance of capacity building through networking opportunities

Item ID: 54558
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2200-4270
Keywords: professional development, networking, rural-remote, STEM, secondary teachers
Funders: Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 03:42
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 35%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education @ 35%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 35%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 35%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 30%
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