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Engaging parents in STEM: Coteaching and cogenerative dialoguing in a Queensland high school

Willis, Linda-Dianne (2011) Engaging parents in STEM: Coteaching and cogenerative dialoguing in a Queensland high school. In Hudson, Peter B. & Chandra, Vinesh (Eds.) STEM in Education : Conference Proceedings, STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education., Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.

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Abstract

Diminished student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is recognised by educators, researchers and public policy makers as a concerning global trend. Inviting stakeholders like scientists and industry specialists to discuss their work is one means schools use to facilitate student engagement in the sciences. However, these visits generally comprise one-off sessions with minimal relevance to students’ particular and ongoing learning needs. This case study investigated coteaching and cogenerative dialoguing with parents in teaching a Year-8 multidisciplinary unit with science and technology foci. Two parents cotaught alongside the resident teacher and researcher over eight months. This paper concentrates on one parent, a medical scientist by profession. Data sources included video and audio recordings of cogenerative dialogues and classroom interactions, student work samples and journal entries. Data were interrogated using the sociological constructs of fields and capitals and the dialectic of structure|agency. The findings reveal how (a) the parent’s science and technology knowledge was tailored to the students’ needs initially and continually and (b) student-generated data indicated enhanced engagement in science and technology. The research speaks to schools and governments about enhancing STEM education by furthering collaborative relationships with relevant stakeholders.

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ID Code: 48329
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: parents, coteaching, cogenerative dialoguing, technology, agency|structure, field, capital
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author(s)
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2012 14:23
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 08:16

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