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Science education

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:

  1. resource development;
  2. professional development activities; and
  3. research.

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.

Science education research projects

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 schools and the science community.

Project leader(s): Ally Bull, Rachel Bolstad

NZCER was contracted by the Ministry of Education to deliver a programme of work related to improving achievement in science education. We worked in collaboration with CWA and The University of Waikato. The programme involved three projects, designed to find more effective ways of supporting schools to implement their science curriculum within the framework of The New Zealand Curriculum (2007).

Project leader(s): Ally Bull