The aim of the extension of this project was to work with teachers who had participated in the original Primary Communities of Scientific Enquiry project in order to create a training unit and electronic resource for primary teachers in order to extend support to teachers to enable them to teach science within the context of “The World Around Us”. This was achieved by creating and producing a CPD training unit, in the form of a training DVD with accompanying resources that teachers could use to provide training within their own schools and thus develop the widespread use of a Community of Scientific Enquiry throughout each participating school. The DVD features teachers creating the conditions for scientific enquiry, encouraging children to ask questions, and facilitating and evaluating dialogic enquiry.
The CoSE DVD interview and clips on the Science in Society website can be found at: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/scienceinsociety/pcose.html
This primary science project is an extension of the original Developing Primary Communities of Scientific Enquiry project which introduces teachers of children in Primary 6 and 7 (Key Stage 2) in Northern Ireland to an innovative approach for teaching and learning in science through dialogue in a community. Together with the contributions from 5 CoSE experienced teachers, this project will design and develop a CPD unit to be used to deliver training to the wider teaching community through face-to-face CPD sessions led by the participating teachers and the project team, and also online via the C2k network. This project will involve the training of 60 new teachers within 18 new schools, in local clusters, through the delivery of the CPD unit.
This follows on from an AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust funded project Developing Primary Communities of Scientific Enquiry and introduces teachers of children in Primary 6 and 7 (Key Stage 2) in Northern Ireland to an innovative approach for teaching and learning in science through dialogue in a community. This method encourages students to think about and answer their own questions relating to science in the context of their lived experiences (i.e. in The World Around Us). Twenty four teachers will contribute to the design, content and delivery of the training unit which will be made available subsequently to the wider teaching community through face-to-face CPD sessions led by the participating teachers and research associate, and also through the C2k network.