What do teachers say?
Teachers involved in implementing STELR modules in their schools have identified many significant benefits arising out of the inquiry-based learning in the STELR program. They included:
- A definite increase in the level of students’ engagement with the material – this included more class discussion and willingness of students to contribute to discussions, as well as increased engagement with practical activities.
- More opportunities to connect what students were learning with current issues in the media and in their daily lives. Students gained insights into how science works in the real world.
- The opportunity for teachers to work as a team, to gain a broader understanding of the applications of science, and to undertake inquiry-based learning on a much larger scale than their time and resources would normally allow.
Listen to one teacher’s views of the STELR program in this short clip taken from an Orica STELR video.