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2009 Research Seminar Program

WAIER invites you to an afternoon seminar to be held at Curtin University

Thursday 22 October 4.30-6.00 pm
Curtin University Building 501 (Education) Room 329 (Level 3)

Parking for Curtin and Murdoch Staff (Red Zone) - closest carparks are 8 and 9 (enter from Central Avenue). Otherwise visitor parking - $1 per hour in Carparks 1 and 2.


Gender inclusivity and early childhood science education

Presented by

Becky Holtham and Kate Abbott

Rick Johnson - primary science specialist
will be available to comment and address questions


  • What strategies do teachers use in an early childhood context to enhance gender inclusivity in science education?
  • How effective are these strategies in ensuring that male and female students engage productively in science activities?
Our recent study involving Year 1 students in a Government Metropolitan Primary school reveals the value of flexible student centred science activities. Our research demonstrates the importance of an educational practice that consciously includes everyday science so that it can provide an opportunity for students from all cultures and social backgrounds. This is crucial if we are to combat gender inequity and to ensure that all students can engage as passionate scientific learners.

Light refreshments will be served from 4 pm. Open discussion and interaction following Seminar
(non WAIER members: Gold coin donation towards refreshments is appreciated)

Just turn up or RSVP Eve Ruddock ruddock@iinet.net.au ph 9446 4030


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