Developing the partnership between out of school educational agencies and initial teacher education

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: October 2008
Amount awarded £2,320.00
Completed: July 2009
Leader(s): Dr John McCullagh
Organisation: Stranmillis University College
Contact Email:
Contact phone: 02890384257
Dr Julian Greenwood
Stranmillis University College Belfast
Mr Fergal Corscadden
Stranmillis University College belfast
Mr. James Stewart
Senior Educator whowhatwhenwherewhy w5 discovery centre
Start Date: 1 September 2008
End Date: 30 June 2009
Interim report received: 26 March 2009
Final report received: 1 July 2009

Rationale Out of school ‘informal educational’ visits to science discovery centres, museums, nature reserves, etc. have much to contribute to the overall learning experience of children. However the extent to which such trips impact on pupils’ learning largely depend on how the experience is complimented by classroom teaching, in the form of both preparation and follow-up work, and the ease with which pupils connect it to their school based curriculum. We therefore feel that initial teacher education programmes should include opportunities for student teachers to develop their appreciation of the huge potential of local external educational agencies, and develop best practice with respect to planning and managing such a visit. External educational agencies have themselves much to benefit from partnership with ITE institutions as they seek to adapt and modify their provision in accordance with the ever changing school curriculum. While this particular project focuses on a partnership with the W5 Science Discovery Centre, we feel that this model of practice may serve as a model to other ITE institutions and develop student teachers’ practice regarding all future school trips

Video material from this project

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Teaching light using a science discovery centre

Forces: learning in and beyond the classroom

Peer observation

Overall reflection