Griffith Teacher Education students set for science conference

26 May 2015

Their share a passion for science and teaching and together, education students Shawtima McLoughlan and Natalie Lund will represent Griffith University at a national science teachers’ conference in July.
Sponsored by the Step Up program, Shawtima and Natalie will join four other winners from the Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University at CONASTA 2015 in Perth, Australia.

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Shawtima is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and is also part of the Benowa Teacher Education Centre of Excellence. She hopes to share her experiences and inspire students in her teaching areas of chemistry, biology, junior science and mathematics.
“I have always been enthusiastic about science and learning and I believe teaching is a wonderful opportunity to share that passion for lifelong learning,’’ she said.
“I’m really looking forward to meet with experienced teachers and learn about the different pedagogical approaches to science teaching.”
Step Up brings together science, maths and education experts from universities across Queensland with schools, government agencies and industry to develop a framework and initiatives that enhance maths and science teacher education across the state.
CONASTA is held each year by the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) in a different state. This year’s theme is “Science: A Kaleidoscope of Wonder and Opportunity.” The event attracts hundreds of leading science teachers, laboratory technicians, curriculum leaders and representatives non-profit and government organsiations.
Shawtima and Natalie will act as Step Up ambassadors at CONASTA, where they will network with science teachers and scientists and exchange current knowledge and advocate for pre-service science teacher education.

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The School of Education and Professional Studies is one of the largest teaching areas at Griffith University. The school is part of the Faculty of Faculty of Arts, Education & Law, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research for more than 3,500 students.
Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.
Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years
Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year

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