Changes in teachers’ behaviour in secondary science education : implementing a standards-referenced national curriculum

Diezmann, Carmel M. & Adie, Lenore E. (2014) Changes in teachers’ behaviour in secondary science education : implementing a standards-referenced national curriculum. In STEM Education and Our Planet : Making Connections Across Contexts, 12 - 15 July 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada. (Unpublished)


There is substantial attention worldwide to the quality of secondary school teaching in STEM in Education. This paper reports on the use of Outcome Mapping (OM) as an approach to guide and monitor change in teacher practice and a visual tool, shaped as a Star, to benchmark and monitor this behaviour. OM and the visual tool were employed to guide and document three secondary teachers’ behaviour as they planned, implemented and assessed a science unit in the new Australian standards-referenced curriculum. Five key outcome markers in the teachers’ behaviour were identified together with progress markers — cumulative qualitative indicators — leading to these outcomes. The use of a Star to benchmark and track teachers’ behaviours was particularly useful because it showed teacher behaviour on multiple dimensions simultaneously at various points in time. It also highlighted priorities in need of further attention and provided a pathway to achievement. Hence, OM and the Star representation provide both theoretical and pragmatic approaches to enhancing quality in STEM teaching.

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ID Code: 74515
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The paper was written by both Carmel and myself, and presented by Carmel.
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Keywords: science teacher, secondary education, professional learning, teacher change
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 20 Aug 2014 22:39
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 09:00

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