The keynote address was delivered by Anne Tweed from McREL (and a regular presenter of VSSEC teacher professional learning workshops) outlining the latest findings from research on the five most critical features of effective science teaching.
Chinese and international teachers took part in four primary school activities developed by VSSEC (and run in Victorian primary schools) that provided concrete examples of each of the five critical features.
Ian Christie from VSSEC wrapped up the day emphasising the connections between the way VSSEC designs and runs lessons and the findings of the research. It was apparent that teaching practice and professional learning at VSSEC is at the leading edge of professional practice.
VSSEC also met with representatives of the South African Space Agency to discussion possible cooperation and the use of VSSEC teaching materials in South Africa.
VSSEC joined with NASA to run a session of 'Train Like and Astronaut' at a Beijing primary school. Many of the VSSEC activities were run with the assistance of university students from Australia, some of whom were recipients of scholarships that helped to defray the cost of the trip to China.