Teaching Science Creatively: Engaging Primary Teacher Education Students with Interactive Whiteboard Technology

By Karen Murcia.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Developing scientific literacy drove the teaching and learning experiences provided to pre-service primary education teachers. The aim was to engage and motivate these students to explore science's role in making sense of our world. Active science learning connected to social contexts was facilitated in workshops by the use of interactive whiteboard technology. The technology facilitated the development of creative teaching resources that linked internet sites and on-line activities with hands on science investigations. The interactive whiteboard became a catalyst that engaged students in creative learning experiences. It enabled fluid access to real life science contexts, supported a range of learning styles and when used appropriately placed students at the centre of the learning. The motivation for creativity was the desire to improve learning experiences for students who were often intimidated and disengaged with science. This paper shares the reflective process that generated creative interactive science pedagogy. Furthermore, student feedback is provided as evidence for the observed benefits of using interactive whiteboard technology in science teaching and learning.

Keywords: Science, Teacher Education, Pre-service, Creativity, Whiteboard, Interactive, Technology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.45-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 992.174KB).

Dr. Karen Murcia

Lecturer, Senior Lecturer: Science Education School of Education, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Karen Murcia has over 20 years experience in science education in which she had the unique opportunity to teach at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Karen is currently a Science Education Lecturer in the School of Education at Murdoch University, Perth Western Australia. Her experience in research and the action learning process include being the Project Research Officer on the $550 000 Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) funded Western Australian Strategic Primary School Numeracy Research Project. In addition, Karen was the Co-Director of DEST’s Round Two Innovative Projects Initiative, Innovative Numeracy Project. She was also a teacher research partner in Murdoch University’s 2005 collaborative school based research project, Professional partnerships in developing teachers as critical users of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). She is currently in the role of Critical Friend to a first, second and third round Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) projects. Karen is also currently a Co-Director on the DEST funded Round Three Innovative Project’s Initiative, Whiteboard Technology: engaging children with literacy and numeracy rich contexts. Karen has been repeatedly nominated for the Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s excellence in teaching award and was the 2006 Western Australian Institute for Educational Research’s (WAIER) Early Career Award recipient.


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