Overview

The institute is committed to providing opportunities for science and mathematics educators to engage with innovative research and integrate innovative pedagogy into their area of teaching expertise. We are equally committed to spreading a passion and understanding of science and mathematics through to the general public. As such we provide professional development and professional outreach opportunities through a variety of channels.

Examples of the ways in which we support educators include:

  • Strengthen current and develop new innovative strategies and programs to improve the specific teaching skills of science and mathematics educators in tertiary education including academics, casual and new staff, in collaboration with the University's Institute for Teaching and Learning.
  • Provide support and professional development opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers to experience and learn about innovative pedagogies and subject content, careers in science, and innovative research in the sciences. Some of this is provided by UniServe Science, the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and their Division of Professional Learning.
  • Be proactive in seeking alliances to enhance science and mathematics education in schools in cooperation with professional and government bodies associated with teacher education and professional development.
  • Develop and provide resources about validated and innovative pedagogical and curriculum materials for schoolteachers, students, and parents.

Examples of ways in which we work to enrich outreach and communication include:

  • Establish mechanisms for optimising networking and sharing of outreach and science and mathematics communication activities with the intent of maximising coverage and impact.
  • Develop and implement programs, activities, materials, and resources for school students using a range of means including incursions and excursions, and working with on-campus groups such as the Electron Microscope Unit, Macleay Museum, Koori Centre, and off-campus organisations such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization.
  • Encourage and support science and mathematics education in informal settings, such as museum education, interpretation (geological observation of caves), local environmental centres and community groups, Community Science (research by community groups), and Public-Directed Science (research on questions raised by members of the public).