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Science in the New Zealand Curriculum

Project director: Cathy Buntting

Project mentor: Bronwen Cowie

Project members: University of Waikato colleagues

Project Dates: 2012 - 2013

Partnerships: New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER, the lead contractor), CWA/Learning Media, and Massey University

This research forms part of the Ministry of Education’s response to a 2011 report Looking ahead: Science education for the 21st century by Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The project will be carried out by a team including the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER, the lead contractor), the University of Waikato, CWA/Learning Media, and Massey University.

The project has three strands:

  1. Science community engagement (to scope the current nature of engagement between schools and the science sector, identify potential opportunities, and develop examples of best practice)
  2. Curriculum support for science (to make recommendations regarding the alignment of existing science education resources with the New Zealand Curriculum, and particularly the nature of science strand; and to develop teacher support materials)
  3. e-Learning in science (to identify potential opportunities for e-in-science to enhance teacher capability with regards to the nature of science, and to increase student engagement and achievement)

The third strand is being led by Cathy Buntting.

Project outputs

Buntting, C. with MacIntyre, B., Falloon, G., Cosslett, G., & Forret, M. (2012). Science in the New Zealand Curriculum: e-in-science. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education. (PDF - 557.8KB)

Buntting, C. (2012). Science in the New Zealand Curriculum e-in-science - Milestone 2: Scoping the possibilities. Report commissioned by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education. (PDF - 337.44KB)

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