Deakin Chemistry Education Professional Learning communities (DeCEPL)

Update Feb 28th, 2020: The PL teacher community for 2020 has begun! Please see the news item regarding the start of the program.

Beginning in 2020, with financial support from the Chemistry Education Association (CEA), we are implementing an innovative chemistry education focused professional learning opportunity, that is free for chemistry teachers.

Current secondary chemistry teachers are supported to co-design a classroom activity with peers and the project team, incorporating the latest chemistry education research (CER) evidence of how best to enhance critical thinking on important socio-scientific issues in Chemistry.

Over the course of a school year, four days of professional learning take place, with a cohort of 10-15 Chemistry teachers per year. The program focusses on three sequential areas of professional learning (2 days + 1 day + 1 day).

With extensive support from the project team and in a group of peers, in between these workshops, the participating teachers collect evidence from their respective classrooms on the impact of the classroom activity. Teachers are supported to take an active role in reporting these findings to the chemistry and science education community, encouraging them to take a future role in conducting professional development, either in their own schools or in chemistry or science education learning communities.

Interested to know more, or to join in 2021? Contact us by email to learn more.