We are extremely pleased to announce the publication of a report summarising the work done on the national fellowship that promoted and supported the activities described on this website. The report has been published by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching and can be accessed and downloaded from: http://www.olt.gov.au/altc-national-teaching-fellow-les-kirkup . The report concludes with comments from Professor John Rice, who is Executive Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science:
Les Kirkup’s fellowship is a landmark in the re-invigoration of tertiary teaching and learning in science. It has long been felt that science has suffered in the estimation of students because its teaching has failed to reflect its character as an activity of discovery, embracing curiosity, creativity and independent thinking challenged by evidence. Many individuals have felt this keenly, tried to change their own teaching, and put forward their good ideas to other likeminded tertiary science teachers. Nevertheless mainstream science teaching has remained unaffected. Les’ fellowship has engaged the mainstream and created a national profile for inquiry oriented learning in science that provides a platform for its expansion. He has achieved this by operating at an organizational rather than an individual level, working with science faculties and their teaching and learning leaders directly, through workshops and activities that engage their own ideas and practices. It is, if you like, faculty sponsored professional development that role models the very inquiry oriented learning approach that Les is seeking to promote.
Professor John Rice Executive Director Australian Council of Deans of Science February 2013