Professional development for the integration of biotechnology education

Garrett, Stephen Thomas (2009) Professional development for the integration of biotechnology education. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Views on the nature and relevance of science education have changed significantly over recent decades. This has serious implications for the way in which science is taught in secondary schools, particularly with respect to teaching emerging topics such as biotechnology, which have a socio-scientific dimension and also require novel laboratory skills. It is apparent in current literature that there is a lack of adequate teacher professional development opportunities in biotechnology education and that a significant need exists for researchers to develop a carefully crafted and well supported professional development design which will positively impact on the way in which teachers engage with contemporary science.

This study used a retrospective case study methodology to document the recent evolution of modern biotechnology education as part of the changing nature of science education; examine the adoption and implementation processes for biotechnology education by three secondary schools; and to propose an evidence based biotechnology professional development model for science educators. Data were gathered from documents, one-on-one interviews and focus group discussions. Analysis of these data has led to the proposal of a biotechnology professional development model which considers all of the key components of science professional development that are outlined in the literature, as well as the additional components which were articulated by the educators studied.

This research is timely and pertinent to the needs of contemporary science education because of its recognition of the need for a professional development model in biotechnology education that recognizes and addresses the content knowledge, practical skills, pedagogical knowledge and curriculum management components.

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ID Code: 25966
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Kidman, Gillian & Watters, James
Keywords: science education, biotechnology, socio-scientific dimension, professional development, qualitative research, retrospective case study, one-on-one interviews, focus group discussions contemporary science, science curriculum, content knowledge, practical skills, pedagogical knowledge, curriculum management
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 25 Jun 2009 05:10
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:42

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