Denis is an Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Education of the University of Canberra. He has been involved in many national and international activities in science education. In 1998 he was a visiting scholar at the National Research Council in Washington DC working on a project examining inquiry and the National Science Education Standards. He was asked to prepare the shaping paper for the Australian Curriculum: Science and subsequently guided its development. He is presently Chair of the ACT Teacher Quality Institute.
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Leading for Change
The role of leadership in scaffolding change and supporting growth within an educational team will be examined using an innovative digital source. The presentation will cover in a practical manner a repertoire of leadership understandings, skills and competencies that help all members of a professional learning community work together to improve pedagogy and student learning.
The Australian Science curriculum encourages an inquiry-based teaching approach. The workshop, using a professional learning resource developed by the Science by Doing program, will clarify what inquiry-based teaching means and provides some practical suggestions of how to effectively implement this approach.