School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education

This project responds to international concern about primary teachers’ lack of science knowledge and confidence to teach science.

Grants and funding: Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)

It responds to recent questioning of the effectiveness of traditional approaches to teacher education.

This project is currently reviewing and building on established, innovative and successful practices at five universities, to develop and promote a framework for supporting school-based approaches to pre-service science teacher education. The model involves partnerships between universities and primary schools to engage pre-service primary teachers in classroom teaching and learning that effectively connects theory with practice. Through critical appraisal of these and similar models, the project will identify key features of these approaches and the critical success factors required to establish and maintain strong working relationships with schools and build student capacity. The principles, framework, and resources together with exemplifying case studies, will be designed and disseminated to promote uptake of these innovative practices in the sector.


Key people


  • Linda Hobbs
  • Coral Campbell
  • Gail Chittleborough
  • Sandra Herbert
  • John Kenny
  • Mellita Jones
  • Christine Redman
  • Andrew Gilbert (RMIT)


Five-university consortium

  • Deakin University
  • UTAS
  • ACU
  • Melbourne University
  • RMIT University
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