A new pre-service teacher education curriculum

A new pre-service teacher education curriculum

A new pre-service teacher education curriculum – overview.

The role of the ORS modules collectively in promoting and engaging pre-service teachers in authentic mathematics and science is still being articulated, and in particular an evaluation of the explicit role of quantitative skills within scientific inquiry is needed (Matthews, et al., 2012).

Broadly, the ORS trialling has indicated that modules are viable, and effective for enhancing pre-service teacher knowledge and inquiry-based skills. However, finely articulated aims concerning approaches to pre-service teacher engagement in authentic scientific problems are essential as modules become embedded in teacher education programs.

Embedding ORS modules across teacher education programs

Five of the seven ORS university partners embedded the modules in varying ways to accommodate their teacher education program requirements and resource limitations

Embedded Opening Real Science material at partner institutions


How ORS modules have been embedded

ORS modules

Macquarie University

ORS material embedded into a range of newly designed units approved for teacher education programs. Activities from some of the ORS modules embedded into tutorials for primary pre-service teachers in the compulsory science and technology methodology units. Activities from other ORS modules have been adapted for the compulsory secondary pedagogical units.

Consumer Chemistry: Gateway to Numeracy; Smart Budgeting Primary; Statistical Literacy Primary; Discovering Real Science through Big History; Frontiers of Real Science; Clocks in Rocks; Fundamentals of Climate and Weather; Sound

Charles Sturt University

ORS material used in science literacy unit for pre-service teachers.

Discovering Real Science through Big History; Consumer Chemistry; The Living Laboratory

Australian Catholic University

ORS material incorporated into two science education units.

Sound; The Living Laboratory; Consumer Chemistry

Western Sydney University

ORS material embedded into new and existing undergraduate pathways to teaching units.


The University of Notre Dame Australia

ORS material is the basis for a science education unit.

Discovering Real Science through Big History; The Living Laboratory

See also Unit Guides for Macquarie University pre-service teacher units (EDUC 219, EDUC 258 and EDUC 359) incorporating the Modules.

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