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.