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Dr Hongming Ma & Dr Monica Green

Lecturers in Science Education


School of Education
Federation University Australia
PO Box 3141 Gippsland Mail Centre, VIC 3842
Email: hongming.ma@federation.edu.au


February, 2017


Dear Sir/Madam,

Ally Van De Burgt was a volunteer participant in a Research Project undertaken in the
School of Education at Federation University (Gippsland campus). The project: Science
Education beyond the classroom: pre-service teacher views and reflections, aims to:

1. Improve pre-service teacher pedagogy and competence in science teaching
2. Develop partnership projects between university science teacher
educators/researchers, pre-service teachers, and local school communities
3. Renew pre-service teacher science education curriculum in accordance with
current AITSL standards.

As a volunteer participant in this Project, Ally provided valuable insights into the ways in
which Science is both understood and practiced by pre-service teachers, particularly in
relation to conducting science beyond the classroom environment. Allys participation in the
Research Project is testament to her willingness to be a reflective learner and teacher.

We are pleased to have this opportunity to acknowledge the commitment to, and passion for
teaching and learning demonstrated by Ally. Her voluntary efforts have made a substantial
contribution to the ways in which Science education in undergraduate studies can best equip
pre-service teachers in their future practice.


In appreciation





Dr Annette Foley Dr Hongming Ma & Dr Monica Green
Head of School Lecturers in Science Education
School of Education School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts Faculty of Education and Arts
Federation University Australia Federation University Australia