Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Web Site. As part of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda , the Australian Government has allocated over $64 million to fund early learning and school STEM initiatives under the Inspiring all Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM measure. This includes two measures: Embracing the Digital Age (school initiatives – $51 million) and Inspiring STEM Literacy (early learning initiatives – $14 million).
Educational institutions have traditionally defined learning as the retention of factual information. The approach to education based on this view of learning emphasizes delivery, rather than engagement, on the assumption that the learner will take on board an appropriate selection of what is offered. Research and evidence is at the heart of our support for education. We use it to find out about and champion the things that make a positive, measurable difference to young people’s understanding of and interest in science.
National Research Council. (1999). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning. J.D. Bransford, A.L. Brown, and R.R. Cocking (Eds.). Washington, DC: National Academy Press. NASA Education – a comprehensive index to NASA’s extensive resources for teachers. CSIRO Science Education Centre (CSIROSEC) – Australia’s national science agency. The Victorian web site provides information on school programs, educational events, and the Melbourne CSIRO Science Education Centre.
The courses on the Bachelor’s degree programme in education science are a mix of lectures and classroom instruction, where you work on practical exercises, do presentations and work on projects together with your study group. You study the newest theories on knowledge and learning, and you study subjects covering educational sociology, politics and economics in a comparative perspective, anthropology, philosophy, psychology and educational theory.
School observation and practice teaching are integral components of the professional experience in this degree. This professional experience is offered in partnership with participating schools and will provide you with the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and professional understanding. During their initial years of teaching, most new science teachers use little of what teacher education programs promote.