Ahaa – Advancing Primary Science

Great! A new Royal Society of New Zealand initiative addressing the lack of teachers’ confidence in teaching science:

http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/teaching-learning/aps/

Apparently: “It is widely accepted that attitudes to science are influenced by  experiences at a young age. Experiences at primary school are therefore a  key influencer of young people’s decisions to continue with science at  secondary and tertiary education.

However, concern has been expressed that science teaching and  learning at primary schools does not have the emphasis that it should.  There are a number of reasons for this but one that has been identified  is that many primary teachers are not confident with the subject.

This lack of confidence may come from their own negative educational  experiences in science, their concern they don’t have the background  knowledge to answer students questions, little science training or the  perception that science involves carrying out ‘experiments’ using  unfamiliar equipment.

The Royal Society of New Zealand has introduced a new initiative  Advancing Primary Science to specifically address the issue of teacher’s  lack of confidence in  the teaching of science.

This initiative is designed to complement the work going on to  support the introduction of the new curriculum, the production of  resources and teaching training and professional development.”

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