The paper draws on data from two studies: the first a SiMERR-funded study of eight school-community linkage initiatives in rural Victoria, the second an exploration of 16 exemplary ASISTM projects across Australia (Tytler, Symington, Smith & Rodrigues, 2008).
In the case of the ASISTM innovation exemplar study (Tytler et al.
Detailed ASISTM case descriptions can be found in Tytler et al.
The ASISTM initiative has a strong innovation rhetoric underpinning it, as part of a government policy aimed at technological innovation.
The innovation framework that guided the ASISTM analysis included consideration of the ideas and practices, actors, the intended and actual outcomes, and sustainability.
While we specifically targeted rural initiatives for the SiMERR study, this was not the case for the ASISTM projects, yet the majority of these occurred in regional or rural settings.
Teacher and parent survey data for the ASISTM project
Student behaviour management data and subject choice data for the ASISTM cluster
Anecdotal records of journal notes of meetings with ASISTM project personnel including teacher associates, classroom teachers, parents, students and scientists
Primary Secondary students students Student involved * or involved * or Data Source Type Population responding responding Blue view School 1 R-12 450 256 * 153 * School 2 R-9 86 63 * 11 * School 3 R-12 175 59 * 40 * SA Case Study School 1 R-12 450 2 5 School 2 R-7 68 6 School 3 R-12 239 2 6 School 4 R-7 438 10 Teachers + Associates Parents Data Source Responding Responding Blue view (3 associates) School 1 17 8 School 2 5 2 School 3 9 3 SA Case Study School 1 6 7 School 2 6 4 School 3 11 8 School 4 5 10 * Indicates number of students participating in the ASISTM project.