The Novice as Facilitator of Learning: Turning Workplace Practices Upside Down

By Coral Cara.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Building preservice teacher confidence and competence in teaching Science as Literacy in the workplace of schools is crucial for their future practice. However, this paper looks at changing the usual model of practising educators leading the novice preservice teachers in the workplace. Primary educators tend to avoid teaching science because they lack confidence or believe they lack competence in the pedagogy of science teaching. This can be alleviated by involving pre-service teachers (PSTs) in teaching science as literacy. This practice-based paper explores the concept of the Novice as Facilitator within a project partnership between schools and university through a five-week buddy project in the workplace of schools (WiL). The paper illustrates that PSTs can affect their learning and that of others.

Keywords: Novice as Facilitator, Preservice Teacher, Science Pedagogy, Work Integrated Learning, Work Practice through Partnership, Work Integrated Learning, Science as Literacy, Disseminating Science Teaching and Learning

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.225-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.195MB).

Coral Cara

Lecturer/Academic, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Coral Cara has an extended multi faceted career in education and is passionate about inclusive accessible education for all. She is an educator, consultant and lecturer across all sectors and levels. Coral is currently working with University preservice teachers using innovative effective teaching and learning strategies that are learner centred and inquiry based. Coral has worked extensively on creating inclusive multimodal teaching and learning that creates engagement, retention and improved outcomes for staff and students.