Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Action research for professional learning

About this Illustration of Practice

Two teachers are trialing team teaching in a secondary science and mathematics environment. This trial is part of an ongoing program to improve teaching and learning at the school by adopting or dismissing various methods. The effect of team teaching on student learning outcomes is closely examined, particularly in the context of the formal action research group, which includes other colleagues. Student feedback is also sought and acted upon.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.6
Evaluate and improve teaching programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Work with colleagues to review current teaching and learning programs using student feedback, student assessment data, knowledge of curriculum and workplace practices.
Other descriptors
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice directed at improving professional knowledge and practice, and the educational outcomes of students.
  1. How might you and your colleagues complement each other’s strengths through team teaching?
  2. What strategies can you use to engage students in a robust curriculum?
  3. What collegial activities might you engage in to evaluate teaching and learning practices?
The Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS)
South Australia
Year level
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
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Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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The Australian Science and Mathematics School has a specific focus on science and mathematics education, while at the same time embedding other curriculum areas such as the humanities into that learning. It is located on the Flinders University campus. The male teacher is the senior leader of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning. The female teacher is a science and mathematics teacher.
Content provider
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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