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Science in the New Zealand curriculum e-in-science

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Started by Gerard Macmanus 04 Aug 2013 10:17pm () Replies (3)

There has been a bit of research happening within the science area, in 2010 there was a report around changes needed to the Science curriculum, the Gluckman report.

Overview of Science initiatives
The Ministry of Education has recently initiated a number of Science initiatives in response to the Gluckman report, Looking Ahead: Science Education for the Twenty-First Century (2011), to examine raising student achievement in Science (years 1-13) through focussing on five project areas.

These initiatives will focus on:
  1. Curriculum support for Science – Improving curriculum resources, both in print and online. These resources currently support teachers and students in the Nature of Science strand, and literacy and numeracy teaching within the Science learning area.
  2. Science community engagement – Developing best practice and ways in which schools engage with the wider science community, particularly at secondary level, to make learning more relevant. It will also explore what works to engage the science community and why it works.
  3. E-Learning in Science – Using technologies to support student and teacher engagement and learning, particularly in the Nature of Science strand.
  4. Building teacher capability through ongoing teacher professional learning and development (PLD).
  5. Examining the flexibility of the curriculum and the qualifications framework, especially at secondary level, to support good programme design.

There has been an update in this from NZCER that looks at Science in the New Zealand Curriculum, the e-in-Science.

This report explores innovative possibilities for e-in-science practice to enhance teacher capability and increase student engagement and achievement. It provides insights into how e-learning might be harnessed to help create a future-oriented science education programme and puts forward a possible framework.
The report draws on four focus groups and two case studies. It is part of a Ministry of Education project investigating e-learning in science education (e-in-science). The project is one of three strands in a larger programme of work. 

It has been interesting to read, and although it looks at Science I have looked at how this reflects in my own curriculum area. Also in reading the ZILDA phase one report, some of the same concepts come out, 

“How do we engage young people in reflective discussions about learning?

“How can we engage young people in learning experiences with digital technologies that support their abilities to do this?” 


  • Shelley Hersey (View all users posts) 06 Aug 2013 10:36am ()

    Thanks for sharing this Gerard, it makes for interesting reading and a great reminder of the opportunities to meaningfully use digital technologies to engage students and enhance learning, particularly in science. I wonder if you would also be able to share this in the VLN Science a Blended e-Learning Approach group?

    You comment that these reports have led to reflection in your own curriculum area, I'm really interested to know more about this. I would love to hear about what you're doing differently now and what impact it has had?

  • Gerard Macmanus (View all users posts) 25 Aug 2013 3:46pm ()

    That I as a teacher need to focus on the Nature of Technology Standards rather than just focussing on the Digital technologies strands. As I travel around and talk to other teachers I now see what opportunites their are in this area

    Explanation from technology.tki.org.nz In this strand, students develop an understanding of Technology as a discipline, and of how it differs from other disciplines (such as science or the Arts). They learn to critique the impact of technology on society and explore current and historical issues in technology.

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