Implementing Science in the New Zealand Curriculum: how teachers see the problems

Lewthwaite, Brian (2000) Implementing Science in the New Zealand Curriculum: how teachers see the problems. In: Haisman, Gilbert, (ed.) Exploring Issues in Science Education: papers from a research seminar on science education in primary schools. Ministry of Education, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 11-22.

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[Extract] There are problems with science education in many New Zealand primary schools. Not only did the TIMSS survey show low levels of achievement by year seven and eight students [^1] but it also suggested that the actual science curriculum in many schools might not be the one set out in Science in the New Zealand Curriculum. How could the new curriculum be implemented when science takes up, on average, only seven percent of the primary school day [^2]? How effectively can teachers implement the curriculum when, as this paper will show, it has aims and a teaching approach that many teachers do not feel competent to follow?

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-477-05166-8
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2014 05:26
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