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Science community engagement

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This project is one of a series of three projects in the Science in the curriculum programme of work. NZCER has been contracted to the Ministry of Education to undertake the projects and is collaborating with CWA and The University of Waikato.

In this project we aim to identify the range and variety of ways in which teachers and students interact with people and groups from the science community to support students’ learning and engagement with science. Te Wāhanga is involved in exploring the types of connections/partnerships that exist between Māori students in English Medium and the science community.

We are exploring the following questions:

  • What kinds of connections/partnerships exist between schools and the science community?

  • What are these partnerships/engagements aiming to do?

  • Who are they targeted at and who is involved?

  • How are they resourced?

  • What are the benefits to schools? What are the benefits to the science community partners?

  • What are the issues and challenges for these connections/partnerships?

Science community engagement project publications:

Year published Title Publication type
2013 Strengthening engagements between schools and the science community Research report
2012 Science community engagement with schools Research report
2012 Curriculum support in science Research report