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New science teacher given biology tips

Media release

Twenty secondary science teachers from all over WA recently took the opportunity to upgrade their biology skills courtesy of a special one-day Curtin University of Technology workshop.

Curtin Science and Mathematics Education Centre Associate Professor Vaille Dawson said the Teaching Biology for Understanding course, held at the Hills Discovery Centre, focused on conservation. 

“The day included talks from Curtin scientists and a bushwalk showcasing the excursion opportunities available in the Perth Hills,” she said.

“It proved to be a good way to let teachers know about Curtin programs that can help science teaching at primary and high school level.

“We have scientists who can visit schools and show students how science can be interesting, and the amazing careers it can lead to.”

For student science teacher Moira Coady, the day provided a great deal of useful information and ideas to take to the classroom when she starts teaching.

“The day was a really valuable experience,” she said.

“We were provided with a lot of interesting and useful information that I will be able to use in the classroom when I begin to teach.

“What I learnt during the day will allow me to link real-life examples and experiences, back to the curriculum.”

Ms Coady, who is currently studying teaching at Murdoch University, wishes to join the profession to make a difference in the lives of her future students.

“Professional development days like this biology program with Curtin, really help to provide us with the skills and tools we need to provide students with relevant and interesting classes.”

Teaching Biology for Understanding was held in partnership with the WA Department of Environment and Conservation and the Science Teachers Association of WA, and is the third professional development day in a series run by Curtin for high school science teachers.


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