This report documents the first phase of a project looking at school–science community engagement initiatives. This project was funded by the Ministry of Education and carried out by a research partnership led by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) in collaboration with Learning Media and the University of Waikato. It is one piece of a three part research project related to improving achievement in science education.
The report explores the wide range of programmes, initiatives and partnerships currently operating that are designed to link schools and the science community. Specific examples are discussed and there are sections on initiatives targeting Māori and Pasifika students. The report also discusses international initiatives. The final section looks at the purpose of science community-school collaborations and asks how they can be sustained and where to next.
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