Welcome to the Teacher Earth Science Education Programme

TESEP's first series of professional development workshops, entitled The Challenging Earth, is now highly acclaimed and well established. The topics for the workshops were selected from those nominated in an Australia wide survey of teachers. They reflect topical issues and teacher's needs and are designed to mesh with existing curriculum requirements in all states (curriculum links provided). The nine topics are

  • PD1: Round and Round with Rocks
    (The rock cycle, ore bodies and crustal geology)
    PD2: Riding the Climate Roller Coaster
    (The geological history and drivers of climate change)
  • PD3: Greening coal
    (carbon sequestration)
  • PD4: Fossil sunlight
    (the hydrocarbon story)
  • PD5: Wet rocks
    (ground water)
  • PD6: Hot rocks
    (geothermal energy)
  • PD7: Our Place in Space
    (Astronomy for the curriculum)
  • PD8: Powerful stuff
    (the energy debate)
  • PD9: Plate Tectonics
    (the reason for the Challenging Earth)

TESEP is now developing

  • On-line interactive webinars
  • Ongoing delivery of all PDs in new locations across regional Australia
  • Development of national case studies to supplement the ESWA Earth and Environmental Science Textbook
  • Development of field guides - simply-worded stop-by-stop descriptive guides for teachers and worksheet questions for various year levels
  • Purchase and distribution of quality teaching resources to participating teachers


TESEP operates under the auspices of the Australian Science Teachers Association with guidance from an advisory board with members from:The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC)

  • The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG)
  • The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG)
  • The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA)
  • The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
  • Geoscience Australia (GA)
  • The Geological Society of Australia (GSA)
  • Minerals Council Australia (MCA)
  • The Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)

and therefore receives advice from the highest levels of all sectors of the Australian Earth Science and Education communities.

TESEP is funded through donations from a wide variety of partners. TESEP activities are managed through the ASTA head office with oversight by the TESEP Chairperson, Jill Stevens, the TESEP Executive Officer, Greg McNamara, and the advisory board. TESEP is managed at a state level by experienced teacher coordinators.