Primary Science Really Matters Lesley Harrison Primary Science Teacher Fellow 2009 Funded by the New Zealand Government Ad...
<ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>What does recent research tell us about science education in New Zealand primary school...
<ul><li>The Research </li></ul><ul><li>NEMP, TIMSS, and NZCER all suggest that primary science education in New Zealand is...
National Education Monitoring  (NEMP 2007) Significant increase in negative student attitudes towards science by Year 8  M...
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1994 - 2006 NZ students’ achievement in science has fallen H...
NZCER 2007 50% of primary principals surveyed reported including more enquiry learning in their curriculum Only 2% reporte...
Why these results? <ul><li>Science in primary education may be ‘diluted’ by the enquiry approach  </li></ul><ul><li>Primar...
SO DOES PRIMARY SCIENCE MATTER? WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
Why teach primary science? <ul><li>Science helps to make sense of the physical and natural world and our universe  </li></...
<ul><li>Scientific thinking and investigation lends itself perfectly to the enquiry learning approach.  </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Science informs our choices, </li></ul><ul><li>decisions and actions.  </li></ul><ul><li>We need to know about goo...
 
 
 
What can we do to enhance science education in primary schools?
<ul><li>Spread the word that ‘science really matters’ </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a clear vision of how you want science edu...
<ul><li>Forge links with others  </li></ul><ul><li>develop learning communities and share information </li></ul><ul><li>Pl...
<ul><li>Provide authentic and practical science learning experiences for students </li></ul><ul><li>Invite in real scienti...
<ul><li>Have a science fair </li></ul><ul><li>Be open to new learning yourself and talk about science in a positive way wi...
Science Websites <ul><li>http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/ </li></ul><ul><li>THE SCIENCE LEARNING HUB </li></ul><ul><li>http...
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  1. 1. Primary Science Really Matters Lesley Harrison Primary Science Teacher Fellow 2009 Funded by the New Zealand Government Administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand Email: [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>What does recent research tell us about science education in New Zealand primary schools? </li></ul><ul><li>Why include more science in primary school education? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do to make good science a happening thing in your school? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Research </li></ul><ul><li>NEMP, TIMSS, and NZCER all suggest that primary science education in New Zealand is in crisis </li></ul>
  4. 4. National Education Monitoring (NEMP 2007) Significant increase in negative student attitudes towards science by Year 8 More students reported never doing science experiments or visiting science activities
  5. 5. Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1994 - 2006 NZ students’ achievement in science has fallen Hours dedicated to teaching primary science in NZ has decreased 80% of Year 5 students indicated that they want to do more science
  6. 6. NZCER 2007 50% of primary principals surveyed reported including more enquiry learning in their curriculum Only 2% reported science as a curriculum focus (Ian Milne 2009) Year 4 students like science but have little opportunity By Year 8 there is a noticeable decline in enthusiasm for science
  7. 7. Why these results? <ul><li>Science in primary education may be ‘diluted’ by the enquiry approach </li></ul><ul><li>Primary teachers may not feel confident with the content of the Science Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Is there time in the busy school programme to include quality science education? </li></ul>
  8. 8. SO DOES PRIMARY SCIENCE MATTER? WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
  9. 9. Why teach primary science? <ul><li>Science helps to make sense of the physical and natural world and our universe </li></ul><ul><li>Later learning in science builds on an early foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Early engagement can foster a lifelong interest and passion for science </li></ul><ul><li>Practical science works for a range of learning styles </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Scientific thinking and investigation lends itself perfectly to the enquiry learning approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Children love ‘doing’ science </li></ul><ul><li>We need more scientists to solve complex problems faced by society today </li></ul><ul><li>Science is a context for and links all the learning Areas </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Science informs our choices, </li></ul><ul><li>decisions and actions. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to know about good and bad science! </li></ul><ul><li>A level of scientific literacy is vital </li></ul><ul><li>for everyone if we are to ensure the </li></ul><ul><li>future sustainability of our planet. </li></ul>
  12. 15. What can we do to enhance science education in primary schools?
  13. 16. <ul><li>Spread the word that ‘science really matters’ </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a clear vision of how you want science education to happen in your school </li></ul><ul><li>Identify a science leader who will support others and ensure the vision comes to life </li></ul>
  14. 17. <ul><li>Forge links with others </li></ul><ul><li>develop learning communities and share information </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to give science time and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Have a science fair </li></ul>
  15. 18. <ul><li>Provide authentic and practical science learning experiences for students </li></ul><ul><li>Invite in real scientists to talked with your students </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a wiki and invite scientists to join the learning community </li></ul><ul><li>Have a science fair </li></ul>
  16. 19. <ul><li>Have a science fair </li></ul><ul><li>Be open to new learning yourself and talk about science in a positive way with students </li></ul><ul><li>Utilise the resources that are already available to you </li></ul>
  17. 20. Science Websites <ul><li>http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/ </li></ul><ul><li>THE SCIENCE LEARNING HUB </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sciencepostcards.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Science exploration through stories </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brainpop.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>High quality short videos </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Shared teacher resources </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.planet-science.com/home.html </li></ul><ul><li>Free resources </li></ul>
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