NZCER has considerable expertise and an established work programme in science education, mainly assessment resource/test development, and research-based curriculum support. Recently, a cross-organisation science team was set up to coordinate and think strategically about NZCER’s science education activities. This team has three “spheres’ of activity:
- resource development;
- professional development activities; and
Work in this area will investigate the issues that need to be addressed as we begin to develop 21st century school science education programmes. There are two new projects in the 2011–2012 financial year, the first having a theoretical basis and the second having more of a practical focus.