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dc.contributor.authorMcCauley, Veronica
dc.contributor.authorDavison, Kevin
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Corinna
dc.identifier.citationMcCauley, V., Davison, K., & Byrne, C. (2015). Collaborative lesson hook design in science teacher education: advancing professional practice. Irish Educational Studies, 34(4), 307-323. doi: 10.1080/03323315.2015.1114457en_IE
dc.description.abstractThis article documents the process of collaboratively developing lesson hook eresources for science teachers to establish a community of inquiry and to strengthen the pedagogy of science teaching. The authors aim to illustrate how the development and application of strategic hooks can bridge situational interest and personal interest so that lessons may become more meaningful and enduring. Qualitative data from both teacher educators and pre-service teachers involved in the design process, participant research journals, and data from six focus group sessions, illustrate the systematic reflection involved in producing effective and transformative hooks to support teachers and promote deeper student engagement and learning. Key findings reveal a pedagogical model of hook design, the complex elemental make-up of a science hook, the value that this teaching tool adds to the science classroom, and finally, the beneficial outcomes of collaborative resource design between student and staff in preservice teacher education programmes. These hook resources aim to move beyond simply capturing student attention towards voluntary self-engagement, and have significant potential to serve as a pedagogical tool for teacher educators, as well as pre-service, newly qualified, in service, out-of-field, and experienced science teachers, to increase student academic performance, third level science enrolments, and science careers.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors wish to acknowledge the financial contribution of the Bright Ideas Initiative, NUI Galway, and An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG) for co-funding the project. Furthermore we would like to recognise the student–teacher researchers who participated in this project, as well as Seán Ó Grádaigh, School of Eduation, NUI Galway, who led the technology design aspect of the project.en_IE
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)en_IE
dc.relation.ispartofIrish Educational Studiesen
dc.subjectLesson hooksen_IE
dc.subjectScience teacher educationen_IE
dc.subjectScience teaching methodologiesen_IE
dc.subjectSituational interesten_IE
dc.titleCollaborative lesson hook design in science teacher education: Advancing professional practiceen_IE
dc.contributor.funderBright Ideas Initiative, NUI Galwayen_IE
dc.contributor.funderAn Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG)en_IE
dc.local.contactVeronica Mccauley, Education Department, Nui, Galway. 5260 Email:

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