About The Project
Contemporary Science Practise in Schools presents teaching and learning resources for Contemporary Science Practice. Developed for schools and the Australian or Victorian Curriculum, the resources are based on the research and practises of scientists and engineers at Deakin University.
Each resource provides teachers and students with activities that represent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) practise in key areas. Practical inquiry activities focus on key contemporary scientific concepts and have been aligned to specific areas of the relevant curriculum. Scientists present their stories and inspire curiosity. Explore the purposes, motivations, and methods by which the STEM community develops new knowledge and new products.
Deakin students are matched with Deakin researchers and experienced school teachers. The collaborative effort links current STEM research and development practices to the Australian or Victorian curriculum through activities and multi-media resources.
The exact process of resource development is dynamic. Pre-service teachers, experienced science teachers, and education academics have worked with undergraduate science students, researchers, and scientists to create websites, multi-media products, video interviews, and activities that inspire rich discussions and meaningful classroom learning.
Our resources were developed for the ReMSTEP (Reconceptualising Mathematics and Science Teacher Education) Project and work that continued after the project conclusion in 2016. Initiated by Education Academics at Deakin University, the work engaged Deakin students to develop teaching and learning materials that support the infusion of contemporary science practices into school science. As further resources are developed they will be included in this portal.
We congratulate and thank the many people who have given their time to ensure that these projects culminate in useful, engaging resources that will change how school science is taught in the future – bringing it closer to contemporary practice. We are particularly grateful to the science and engineering researchers who have given their time to this project, and to the pre-service teachers who have gone above and beyond their brief in creating and refining these innovative resources.
They will become the change agents for bringing authentic practice into schools in the future.