The Nature of Science Institute: Professional Learning of K-12 Science Teachers

Lay Summary 

The Nature of Science (NOS) involves understanding “what science is and how science works. The researchers in the area of science education have explored K-12 students’ and teachers’ views about NOS and identified the need to support science teachers’ professional learning so that they can develop an understanding of NOS among K-12 students. Realizing the need for bringing NOS focus for science teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) K-12 classrooms, we plan to develop and offer a pilot professional learning (PL) event: The Nature of Science (NOS) Teacher Institute. Through this quick start fund, we plan to initiate a partnership between:

(1) science teacher educators (Dr. Saiqa Azam & Dr. Karen Goodnough) from MUN Faculty of Education,
(2) President (Yvonne Dawe) Mathematics and Science Special Interest Council (MSSIC) of Newfoundland and;
Labrador Teacher Association (NLTA), and;
(3) the Education Specialist, Professional Learning (Craig White) from Let’s Talk Science, a non-profit origination.

As a working group, we plan to create a prototype NOS Kit and lesson plan/activities to implement in the K-12 classrooms. We will plan a pilot professional learning event for a small number of K-12 science teachers to receive their feedback on the prototype NOS Kits and activities.

NOTE: The events can be virtual/face-to-face depending on the COVID-19 Alert levels in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Faculty of Education
$ 2500 Quick Start Fund - Public Engagement Office, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador
Industry Sectors 
Educational Services
Start date 
1 May 2021
End date 
30 Apr 2022
Lead Organization 
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Partner Organization 
Let's Talk Science
Mathematics and Science Special Interest Council (MSSIC) of Newfoundland and Labrador Teacher Association (NLTA)
Support Organization 
Memorial University of Newfoundland