National Evaluation Topic:
The New Zealand Curriculum advocates students developing scientific processes to help them understand the way scientific knowledge is developed and how science relates to their lives and the everyday context of wider society. Looking Ahead: Science Education for the Twenty-First Century highlights how the nature of science (NoS) strand is central to the positive outcomes of teaching science.
These outcomes include:
To gain insights about the provision of science education in New Zealand schools, ERO is evaluating the quality of science teaching and learning in Years 5 to 8, and Years 9 to 11. This evaluation extends the scope of previous ERO reports on science teaching and learning. The 2010 and 2012 reports focused on Years 5 to 8.
The focus of this review is on what needs to be done to support improved learning in science. The following questions will guide discussions reviewers have with leaders and teachers:
Information for this evaluation will be collected through school science documentation, interviews with school and/or science leaders and where possible, observations of science in action.
It would be helpful if the following sorts of documents are available for review teams when they are on site:
Term 2, 2019. During Term 3, ERO will have an opportunity to continue this NET in secondary schools.
This NET will be undertaken in all ERO reviews of schools during Term 2. In a sample of schools (approximately 48), there will be a more in-depth evaluation of the provision of science education. These schools will be advised of their inclusion in this sample.
It is intended that two reports are released early 2020 – one for Science Years 5 to 8 and the other Science Years 9 to 11. The public and schools will be able to access the findings from ERO’s website.
ERO will also share its findings with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE); to provide insights about the type of support that could be given to leaders and teachers|kaiako to improve outcomes for learners in science.
1Gluckman, P. (2011). Looking Ahead: Science Education for the Twenty-First Century, Annex A: Inspired by Science (p.15). Retrieved from http://www.pmcsa.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/Looking-ahead-Science-education-for-the-twenty-first-century.pdf