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ERIC Number: EJ910379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1036-0026
The Praxis of Building Capacity in Mathematics and Science in a Rural, Non-Government Systems of Schools: Voices of Teacher Leaders
Connor, Vince; Auld, Billinda; Eakin, Patricia; Morris, Kerry; Tilston, Michael
Education in Rural Australia, v20 n2 p35-51 2010
Much is written about teacher leaders and the impact they have in promoting and influencing change. This is a reflection from four teacher leaders from four secondary high schools of a rural, non-government system of schools as they seek to build a capacity in the learning and teaching of mathematics and science within their schools. The original study began in 2008 identifying that participation rates and achievement rates in senior mathematics and science are below NSW state average rates in higher order courses, but above average rates in the general and lower end courses. This trend has been acknowledged anecdotally at school level for many years, and more recently in Brown's Review of Education in Mathematics, Data Science and Quantitative Disciplines Report to the Group of Eight Universities (2009). Yet, in contrast to the mathematics and science trends, a study of all subjects and courses in the senior years of this system since 2001 shows student achievement across the schools is slightly above state average. Whilst the national and state trend in higher order mathematics and science is worrying, the trend in this rural, non-government system of schools is more worrying as the downward trends are stronger than for state. The question is asked "What can be done to improve student participation and achievement in more rigorous senior Mathematics and Science?" This presentation tells the story of the action research undertaken from the perspective of four teacher leaders who form a guiding Taskgroup. Their testimony identifies the praxis of forming learning teams that are isolated and autonomous. It engages the principles of change management identified by Michael Fullan and the professional development framework of Thomas Guskey. (Contains 1 table and 3 graphs.)
Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia. P.O. Box 659, Wembly, Western Australia 6913, Australia. Tel: +08-9264-5809; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia