Crisis of interest in science needs humanistic approach

Crisis of interest in science needs humanistic approach

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2006

A humanistic approach to curriculum is urgently required in order to address the current crisis of interest in science. Despite an apparently rich set of positive options for increasing student interest in science a number of constraints imposed by science teachers, academic science and competing systemic demands stand in the way of implementing them.

Professor Peter Fensham of Queensland University of Technology will tell delegates at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Canberra today that students are not enjoying studying science. Most have concluded that post-compulsory science studies should be avoided unless needed for some career purpose.

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What do we need to do to boost science learning?

What do we need to do to boost science learning?

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2006

A panel of science education experts will explore possible ways forward at the closing of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference Boosting Science Learning – What will it take? at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra today.

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Principal for a Day and ACER unite to lead the way in business-education partnerships

Principal for a Day and ACER unite to lead the way in business-education partnerships

Monday, 14 Aug 2006

The Principal for a Day event on 17 August will be the first from its new home at the prestigious Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The program, a pioneer in growing lasting relationships between government schools, business and the wider community will involve 85 “Principals for a Day”, including ACER’s Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters.

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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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