Research in Science Education

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 167–188 | Cite as

Practices and Innovations in Australian Science Teacher Education Programs

  • David Palmer


This paper reports part of a larger study which was designed to investigate current practices in initial teacher education programs in Australia. The main data collection was by telephone interviews, which were carried out with science education specialists and program coordinators at all institutions which offer primary teacher education or secondary science teacher education. The interviews focused on practices in relation to program structures, science content studies, science methods studies and links to science-related school projects or to science business/industry. A large number of innovative practices were described. In addition, several case studies were carried out, which focused on particular innovations. The study identified several aspects of science teacher education which were of concern.


Science education Primary education Secondary education Teacher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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