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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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In2science: peer mentoring in Victorian schools

John McDonald
Peer Mentoring Manager, In2science - Science Peer Mentoring in Schools. C/o Faculty of Science, Technology & Engineering, La Trobe University email: J.McDonald@latrobe.edu.au

The In2science program supports science and mathematics teaching and learning in Victorian public schools. Targeted to students in the middle years (years 5–10), it aims, in particular, to generate enthusiasm for the enabling subjects of chemistry, mathematics and physics. The program places volunteer university students into science and maths classrooms, where they are a role model to school students, and help teachers manage classroom activities. Evaluations have found that the program benefits students, teachers, and schools as a whole. It encourages middle years' students to relate science to their lives and interests, and as a result, students often discover that science is not confined to school classrooms or remote laboratories, and that scientists are diverse people from a variety of backgrounds.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics
Science

Subject Headings

Mentors
Science teaching
Mathematics teaching
Secondary education
Tertiary education