Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Environmental Education Research Group

Re-imagining futures in STEME

School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education

This project provided an analysis of school-based approaches to primary science teacher education as it is enacted by five Australian universities. The project responded to international concern about primary teachers’ lack of science knowledge and confidence to teach science, and recent questioning of the effectiveness of traditional approaches to teacher education. This project reviewed and built on established, innovative and successful practices at each university, and developed and disseminated a framework supporting school-based approaches to pre-service teacher education. The principles, framework, and resources together with exemplifying case studies, were designed to promote uptake of these innovative practices in the sector.


Team members:

  • Dr. Linda Hobbs (Lead),
  • Associate Professor Coral Campbell,
  • Dr. Gail Chittleborough,
  • Dr. Sandra Herbert,
  • Dr. John Kenny,
  • Dr. Mellita Jones,
  • Professor Jeff King,
  • Dr. Christine Redman

Funding body: Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) grant ID12-2412


  • Hobbs, L., Campbell, C. & Jones, M. (eds.) (2018). School-based Partnerships in Teacher Education: A research informed model for universities, schools and beyond. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Herbert, S. & Hobbs, L. (2018). Pre-service teachers’ views of school-based approaches to pre-service primary science teacher education. Research in Science Education, 48(4), 777-809.
  • Gilbert, A., Hobbs, L., Kenny, J., Jones, M., Campbell, C., Chittleborough, G., Herbert, S. & Redman, C. (2018). Principal perceptions regarding the impact of school-university partnerships in Australian primary science contexts. School-University Partnerships, 11(2), 73-83.
  • Jones, M., Hobbs, L., Kenny, J., Campbell, C., Chittleborough, G., Gilbert, A., Herbert, S., & Redman, C. (2016) Successful University-School Partnerships: An Interpretive Framework to Inform Partnership Practice. Teaching and Teacher Education, 60, 108-120.
  • Hobbs, L., & Herbert, S. (2015). School-based approaches to pre-service primary science teacher education resulting in gains in confidence. In T. Aspland (ed.), Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association, July 6-9, 2014 Sydney, (pp.88-110). ATEA.