Dr Fergusson began her career in schools as a teacher and has held the positions of assistant principal, facilitator of teacher professional learning, school district technology adviser, and was a director of the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre. Her PhD research was in the area of science education. She has been involved in several externally funded STEM research and evaluation projects.
Ng, W & Fergusson, J 2019, 'Technology-Enhanced Science Partnership Initiative: Impact on Secondary Science Teachers', Research in Science Education, vol. 49, pp. 219-242.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht The issue of student disengagement in school science continues to pose a threat to lifting the participation rates of students undertaking STEM courses and careers in Australia and other countries globally. In Australia, several science initiatives to reverse the problem have been funded over the last two decades. Many of these initiatives involve partnerships with scientists, science educators and with industries, as is the case in this paper. The research in this paper investigated a recent partnership initiative between secondary science teachers, scientists and an educational technology company to produce science e-modules on adaptive learning platforms, enabling students to engage in personalised, inquiry-based learning and the investigation of real-world problems. One of the objectives of the partnership project was to build theoretical and pedagogical skills in teachers to deliver science by exposing them to new ways of engaging students with new digital tools, for example analytics. Using a mixed methods approach, the research investigated science teachers’ pedagogical involvement in the partnership project and their perceptions of the project’s impact on their teaching and students’ learning. The findings indicate that the teachers believed that new technology could enhance their teaching and students’ learning and that while their students were motivated by the online modules, there was still a need for scaffolding for many of the students. The effectiveness of this would depend on the teachers’ ability to internalise the new technological and content knowledge resulting from the partnership and realign them with their existing pedagogical framework. The research is significant in identifying elements for successful partnership projects as well as challenges that need to be considered. It is significant in facilitating continuous discourse about new evidence-based pedagogical approaches to science educati...