ERIC Number: ED475480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
The Impact of Co-teaching between Science Student Teachers and Primary Classroom Teachers on Children's Enjoyment and Learning of Science and Student Teacher Confidence.
Murphy, Colette; Beggs, Jim; Carlisle, Karen
This paper describes findings from the Science Students in Primary School (SSIPS) project in which undergraduate science specialist student teachers were placed in primary schools where they "co-taught" investigative science and technology lessons with primary teachers. Students and teachers planned, taught and evaluated science lessons together. Almost six months after the student placement, a survey of children's attitudes to school science revealed that these children enjoyed science lessons more, and showed fewer gender or age differences in their attitudes to science than children who had not been involved in the project. Confidence audits completed by student teachers before and after the project indicated significant increases in confidence in many aspects of science teaching. The authors discuss how this model of collaborative planning, teaching and evaluation can both enhance initial teacher education and improve children's experience of science. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Philadelphia, PA, March 23-26, 2003).