The John Monash Science School, [JMSS-http://www.jmss.vic.edu.au/] was the first school of it’s kind in Victoria and one of only 3 specialist science providers in Australia. Commencing operation in 2010 in a purposefully designed 3 level building on the Monash Clayton campus it had a cohort of just 197 year 10 students. It now has more than 640 students from year 10 to year 12 with more than 80 teaching staff. The school buildings are highly innovative incorporating many heating and cooling design features to make them low energy, environmentally friendly and highly sustainable. The design also has a mix of open classrooms and laboratory spaces designed to accommodate up to 50 students and 2 teachers. A key feature of the school is the use of team teaching for the vast majority of classes across most subject areas.
The Faculty of Education has worked closely with the JMSS teaching staff during it’s early years to explore the benefits and challenges of embracing a team teaching approach. This has resulted in the publication of a number of research publications.
- Lancaster, G, Cooper, R & Corrigan, D. (2014). ‘Team teaching: benefits and challenges for teachers in a senior sciences secondary college’ Teacher Education and Practice, vol 27, no. 2/3, pp. 282 – 296.
- Lancaster, G., Cooper, R & Corrigan, D. (2013). ‘Developing effective pedagogies for team teaching in flexible learning spaces’, Paper presented at the European Conference on Education, Brighton, UK, July.
- Lancaster, G., Cooper, R., & Corrigan, D. (2012). ‘Team Teaching: Benefits and challenges for teachers in a senior college’, Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, Concorde La Fayette, Paris, France, July.
- Lowe, M & Lancaster, G. (2016). Team Teaching at John Monash Science School. Retrieved 20/11/2016. As above.