Many primary teachers lack the knowledge and confidence to teach science effectively. Providing professional learning and professional development can have a powerful effect on the knowledge and skills of pre-service teachers and practicing primary teachers. A scholarship was created for a preservice teacher in a Bachelor of Education program and two practicing teachers to attend the US Space and Rocket Center’s Educator Camp and learn appropriate science knowledge and teaching skills. A student and two practicing teachers attended the camp and learnt with peers about the earth and space sciences. The participants returned with greater knowledge and confidence to teach their own students and also to share with their peers. Professional learning activities have advanced their personal content knowledge and ability to teach with appropriate pedagogy.
43rd Annual Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference (ASERA), Sunshine Coast, Australia 28-30 June 2012