model for excellence in primary science in Initial Teacher Education
Stranmillis College in Belfast developed their Stranmillis Primary Science Accreditation programme to recognise pre-service teachers’ innovative practice in primary science. The programme aims to serve as a ‘Community of Practice’ for student teachers with respect to primary science and establish mind-sets and dispositions to professional development which will be sustained throughout their professional careers. The programme encourages student teachers to develop their science teaching skills and to engage in professional development activity. Successful completion of the programme enhances their professional profile and their future employability.
Stranmillis have produced a full report to outline the theory and rationale that underpins this accreditation programme. They have also written a guide to support other initial teacher education providers to develop similar initiatives in their own settings.
Stranmillis has carried out significant research into other areas of primary science education. These include playful approaches, use of iPads, coteaching and microteaching. For further details please see their website.