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ERIC Number: EJ935493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Getting Practical with Primary Teachers
Chetwood, Janet; Smith, Melanie; Chapman, Georgina
Primary Science, n116 p22-24 Jan-Feb 2011
The Getting Practical--Improving Practical Work in Science programme offers professional development for primary teachers across England. During the 2009/2010 academic year, 237 primary teachers attended a Getting Practical training course, giving themselves the opportunity to reflect upon their own teaching practices and consider ways to make their teaching of practical science more effective. The programme aims to improve the: (1) clarity of learning outcomes associated with practical work; (2) effectiveness and impact of the practical work undertaken; (3) sustainability of this approach for ongoing improvements with schools as a whole; and (4) quality rather than quantity of practical work. The key messages of the Getting Practical programme are designed to be used in the training of both primary and secondary teachers. However, there are different approaches to teaching for these levels. Following feedback from primary experts during the earlier stages of the programme, specific training materials have been produced for use with primary teachers. The authors share their insights into the primary-tailored "Getting Practical" programme and how it has impacted on their teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)