Highly accomplished science teachers deserve higher pay

Highly accomplished science teachers deserve higher pay

Monday, 14 Aug 2006

The quality of science teaching and learning in our schools would be improved if science teachers were assessed and highly accomplished teachers rewarded with a higher salary, according to a paper by Dr Lawrence Ingvarson and Ms Anne Semple.

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Science curriculum requires greater focus on community

Science curriculum requires greater focus on community

Monday, 14 Aug 2006

If science education is to remain useful to students outside of school the curriculum must move beyond the textbook, using community resources to explore science-related community issues according to a leading expert in science education.

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Science curriculum must focus on ideas, evidence and argument

Science curriculum must focus on ideas, evidence and argument

Sunday, 13 Aug 2006

Current practices in science education may be leaving many students poorly educated about science and with an ambivalent or negative attitude towards science according to a visiting expert. Professor Jonathan Osborne of King’s College London argues that science education requires a shift in focus towards ideas, evidence and argument that is more appropriate to the needs of the future citizen and the values of contemporary youth.

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Conference opens to beat of African buckets

Conference opens to beat of African buckets

Friday, 11 Aug 2006

The beat of African “drums” will resonate through the Hyatt Hotel Canberra on Monday morning when grade five students from Forrest School’s Bucket Band will welcome delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) eleventh annual research conference with their unique version of African percussion.

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Science curricula in need of reform

Science curricula in need of reform

Friday, 11 Aug 2006

School science curricula are in urgent need of reform. This is a clear theme emerging from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) 11th annual conference entitled Boosting Science Learning: What will it take? to be opened by Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra on Monday.

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