Specialist science teachers in primary schools? No thanks!

In September 2014 on September 3, 2014 at 8:48 am

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Charlotte is friend of mine, and a teacher of teachers.

In this post taken from her blog, she discusses an article from the Sydney Morning Herald from September 2 2014: ‘Science teacher in every primary school’.

I think it’s a great post, particularly her objection that ‘We continue to perpetuate the myth that science isn’t for everyone; that it’s for “special”, “smarter”, or “nerdy” people, instead of the diverse group that primary school teachers are.’

Enjoy the post, and provide feedback to Charlotte directly if you feel inspired!

[image thanks to Bart Everson on flickr

Hypothetical Thinking

Science teacher in every primary school – SMH, September 2, 2014

I have a real issue with this.

The science that is taught in primary school is not outside what any literate, thoughtful adult can and should know and understand. Therefore, every primary school teacher could have the knowledge and understandings of the science they are to teach. What’s stopping them? A lack of time, access to appropriate PD, and the belief that they can learn and understand primary level science, perpetuated by articles like this one.

We DO have a problem where science is sometimes not taught well in primary schools. This is in part because the teachers in the classroom now did not have a good education in science themselves (generally). In the past, teacher preparation programs at universities sometimes suggested that the teacher “could just learn along with their class”, which we now know is not good practice (which is…

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  1. Nice! Replied directly to Charlotte on her blog on this one. Clearly I should be paying closer attention to blogs like hers!!! Must bookmark it – thanks for posting!!

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