ACU part of $5.5 million project to enhance maths and science training

Six staff from ACU's Faculty of Education are part of the project teams which have been funded by the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching. The two projects are a part of the '2013 Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program'.

Opening real science: Authentic mathematics and science education for Australia
The ACU project team for ACU includes Associate Professor Vince Geiger (ACU project coordinator), Dr Wilhelmina van Rooy, and Professor Doug Clarke.

This project aims to drive a major improvement in the quality of mathematics and science education and outcomes within Australian schools by engaging pre and in-service teachers in real science. Thorough collaboration between leading teacher educators, scientists and mathematicians, the project will deliver innovative resources to enable school teachers to inspire and motivate their students through authentic, inquiry-based learning.

Hosted by Macquarie University, other project partners include University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University, University of Canberra, University of Notre Dame, and CSIRO. Funded for $2.3 million, the project is expected to complete ion 2016.

Step up! Transforming mathematics and science pre-service secondary teacher education in Queensland.
Professor Carmel Diezmann, Associate Professor Vince Geiger and Dr Gerard Effeney (Faculty of Education) and Professor Mary Courtney and Associate Professor Paula Schulz (Faculty of Health Sciences) are the ACU team members for this project.

This project aims to effect step change in courses, partnerships, academic practice and student recruitment in order to transform the nature and delivery of mathematics and science pre-service secondary teacher education in Queensland. Step Up! also aims to provide transferrable frameworks, resources and guides in order that its outcomes may be realised across Australia.

Queensland University of Technology is the lead institute and other partners include Griffith University, James Cook University, The University of Queensland, and Queensland Department of Employment, Training and Education. This project is funded by $3.2million with expected completion in 2017.

Both projects are part of the Office of Learning and Teaching’s (OLT) Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program 2013. This program is part of the Australian Government’s Investing in Science and Maths for a Smarter Future initiative.

Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program will drive a major improvement in the quality of mathematics and science teachers by supporting new pre-service programs in which faculties, schools or departments of science, mathematics and education collaborate on course design and delivery, combining content and pedagogy so that mathematics and science are taught as dynamic, forward-looking and collaborative human endeavours.