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 formed 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 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 three strands were:
- 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)
- 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)
- 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 was led by Cathy Buntting.
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)