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Thinking about science education

By Rose Hipkins

Date posted: 29 September 2016

When I reflect on educational aims at the school level, I think of the key competencies in the curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007).

Date posted: 8 September 2016

By Rose Hipkins

Read rest of post: PISA and the progress question
Date posted: 31 August 2016

Thank you for coming back to our science blog. You get a tag-team handover this week - I am Rose Hipkins and I’m picking up from my colleague Ally Bull. My plan is to build on her thoughts and questions while turning the focus to an issue that I know is worrying a lot of teachers right now.

Date posted: 24 August 2016

This is the focus of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara – the national strategic plan for science in society. So to what extent does science learning at school support this goal? Before we can answer that we need to be clear about what supports the development of innovators.

Date posted: 12 August 2016

School science fairs get a bad rap. They are often criticised for not promoting real learning, being overly-competitive, advantaging students from already privileged backgrounds, putting extra stress on children, teachers and families, not representing science as it really is, and so on. Despite this though, some people do leave school with very positive memories of science fairs.

Read rest of post: Science fairs
Date posted: 2 August 2016


In the third of her series on the place of science in a future-focused curriculum, Ally Bull explores the idea of making school science personally relevant.

Date posted: 19 July 2016