MyScience, promoting science learning through participation
Dr Anne Forbes is the driving force behind the successful
MyScience school initiative.
Introduced in 2006 MyScience is an
award-winning program that engages people with science knowledge from outside
the school to support the teaching of science in primary schools. The program aims
to stimulate interest and enhance capacities of primary school science teachers
and their students in conducting authentic scientific investigations. Primary
students are mentored to conduct their own curiosity-driven investigations.
Dr Forbes co-developed the educational model underpinning
MyScience with Gerry McCloughan from the NSW Department of Education and
Communities to fulfil a goal of improving primary school science education and
encourage students to take an interest in science and technology.
There has been strong interest in the MyScience model
from the educational sectors and local school communities. Primary schools in
Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have taken up the program and are
enjoying the benefits. Follow the links below to read about the experience from
a mentor's and a schools' perspective.
Recently Dr Forbes completed a PhD, which involved
researching participants' views of their involvement in MyScience. She identified key factors for the development of
successful communities of practice, where learning occurs through participation.
Research findings also identified numerous benefits to participants, primary
teachers, primary students and mentors.
Her findings have since been published in the journal Research in Science Education entitled:
"Because we weren't actually teaching them, we thought they weren't learning:
Primary teacher perspectives from the MyScience initiative", and "Knowing and
learning about science in primary school communities of science practice: The
views of participating scientists in the MyScience initiative" and you can
access them here.
If you are interested in finding out more about MyScience and how it is improving
learning in science across the full educational continuum
(primary-secondary-tertiary) for both students and teachers then contact Dr
Forbes directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MyScience website also www.myscience.com.au contains additional
information and resources.