Testimonials — See what our teachers are saying about experience with STELR
What do teachers say?
Teachers involved in the pilot program 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.
At the end of 2013, teachers from STELR schools were invited to complete an on-line survey to evaluate whether or not STELR was achieving its aims.
The results indicate:
- Boys and girls are more engaged with the STELR modules compared with regular science topics.
- Over 50% of schools reported an increase in students studying science at year 11. One school reported a 100% increase in students studying physics at year 11.
- Teachers teaching 'out of field' are more confident teaching the STELR modules.
- Students are more aware of what is involved in engineering and technological careers and the study pathways necessary to gain access to these careers.
- The science literacy of students has increased in over 80% of schools.
View the results of the STELR Teacher Satisfaction Survey from the 2013-14 here.