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Thursday, June 6 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Seize the Day! Making the most of pre-service teachers’ experience of primary science within an initial teacher education programme. LIMITED
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As pre-service teachers' experience of primary science during the course of their initial teacher education programme is most surely a key determinant of the quantity and quality of their future science teaching, it is vital that they are encouraged and supported to engage in reflective classroom practice during this formative stage of their careers. This talk will describe how activities such as co-teaching and the use of video-supported reflection can be used to develop competence and confidence within the classroom. Alongside their BEd studies, students are encouraged to gain accreditation through a degree enhancement accreditation programme by working to support and develop science provision in local primary schools. As well as addressing the needs of the present we feel our approach goes some way to preparing the science leaders of the future.


John McCullagh

Stranmillis University College