Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program (AMSPP)
National Mentoring for Science and Mathematics Teachers
The National Mentoring for Science and Mathematics Teachers' project is designed to improve the quality of science and mathematics teaching in Australia by simultaneously providing quality mentoring, and developing the pedagogical and content knowledge and practice of science and maths teachers, who are either in the early stages of their teaching career, or are teaching science and maths without appropriate disciplinary background knowledge.
This project is a partnership that brings together Australian researchers, practitioners and professional associations in science and maths education. As the lead partner for this Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP), staff from the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology, Mathematics from the University of Canberra are working with colleagues from the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU, the Ian Potter Foundation Technology Centre – Questacon, the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) to create, trial and evaluate innovative and effective mentoring and professional learning pathways and teaching practices for science and maths teachers.
The project is structured in 3 phases: the Design Phase; the National Intensive Program phase; and the Online Phase
The National Intensive Program is a 5-day workshop involving teacher mentors and mentees from around Australia. The workshop, being held in Canberra from 28 September – 2 October 2015, consists of structured professional development based on the modules developed through the design phase, and will provide opportunity for participants to gain the required insights into the practices of mentoring.