Tuesday, 15 Aug 2006

MEDIA RELEASE For release Tuesday 15 August 2006 What do we need to do to boost science learning? 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. The conference’s closing session will aim to identify the key issues facing science education in Australia, and to explore and debate productive ways forward. The aim of the discussions is to develop a draft framework that could be used to inform government policy decisions. The session will be chaired by Professor Russell Tytler and Adjunct Professor David Symington from Deakin University. The other panel members are: • Jim Peacock, Australian Chief Scientist • Paul Carnemolla, Australian Science Teachers’ Association • Léonie Rennie, Curtin University of Technology • Jonathan Osborne, King’s College, London • Rodger W. Bybee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Colorado, USA • Joy Thompson, Tertiary science student and 2005 science Olympiad • Michael Frazis, Secondary student and 2006 science Olympiad • Dianne Stuart, Minerals Council of Australia DATE: Tuesday 15 August TIME: 1.15 pm – 2.30 pm (conference closes 3 pm) PLACE: HyattHotelCanberra ****************ENDS*************