Next steps

ERO recommends that the New Zealand Teachers Council investigate:

  • how well the nature and quality of pre-service training for teaching science in Years 1 to 8 is enabling teachers to build their confidence to effectively teach science.

ERO recommends that the Ministry of Education investigate opportunities for support and ongoing professional learning development for teachers in:

  • integrating literacy and numeracy into science teaching and learning
  • considering the place of National Standards for achievement in reading, writing and mathematics across all learning areas, including science
  • developing an approach to inquiry learning that maintains the integrity of different learning areas, including science.

On the basis of this report ERO recommends that schools review the:

  • priority given to science teaching and learning in their curriculum
  • quality of science teaching and learning, using the indicators of capable teaching and learning in ERO’s 2010 good practice report.