Developing and implementing an Einsteinian science curriculum from Years 3 to 10: Part B: Teacher upskilling: response to training and teacher's classroom experience

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  • Tejinder Kaur
  • Kersting, Magdalena
  • Kyla Adams
  • David G. Blair
  • David Treagust
  • Anastasia Popkova
  • Shon Boublil
  • Jesse Santoso
  • Li Ju
  • Marjan Zadnik
  • David Wood
  • Elaine Horne
  • Darren McGoran
  • Susan Scott
  • Grady Venville
Recent years have seen a growing interest in modernizing physics and science curricula around the world. While many science educators and curriculum developers design instructional resources to successfully introduce topics of Einsteinian physics to young learners, it is clear that successful curriculum development needs to rest on successful teacher professional development.Teachers with or without science backgrounds were trained in short professional learning workshops or completed micro-credential courses. The courses enabled teachers to gain knowledge and confidence to deliver the Einstein-First program. Detailed lesson plans and instructional videos for teachers define the lessons. Questionnaires were used to collect data, and teacher interviews were conducted following the various teacher training programs. The research results show that teachers effectively deliver the Einsteinian physics programs and that their subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge increased. In addition, teacher attitudes were favorable towards modernizing the physics curriculum. We conclude that it is feasible to upskill teachers from diverse backgrounds in Einsteinian physics and break the cycle that has inhibited the modernization of school curricula.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • physics.ed-ph

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