Tagged: science education

The sad state of science learning in primary school - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Dec 06, 2018

In 2011, Sir Peter Gluckman released his report, Looking ahead: science education for the 21st century. In it, he noted the need to improve science teaching in primary schools, commenting that: there should be an attempt to improve the confidence [my emphasis] of all teachers within primary schools to assist in science and that all primary schools should be encouraged to develop a … Read More

A pivotal species? What’s that? - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Nov 20, 2018

By the end of the school year, Year 13 students preparing for Schol Bio should have a pretty good grasp of the concepts and content they’ve encountered in their studies. What tends to throw some, though, is the fact that the context used for each question will almost certainly be something that they haven’t come across before. I experienced that “what the … Read More

Digging Deep into Geosciences with Minecraft - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 06, 2018

Laura Hobbs, Carly Stevens, and Jackie Hartley, Science Hunters Building volcanoes, caves, and other features in an “open-world” computer game is an engaging way to teach the next generation about Earth. Imagine yourself in a world where everything is made up of cubes. Colorful blocks represent rocks, trees, water, and animals. An erupting volcano produces blocks … Read More

Slick propaganda has no place in science classroom - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Aug 01, 2018

Except, perhaps, if it’s used to develop critical thinking skills. But I don’t think that’s what happened on the occasion reported under the headline Creationism taught in science class at Villa Education Trust school: [A student who’d studied at] Mt Hobson Middle School said Darwinism was taught as an unproven theory and students were shown a video purporting to … Read More

Science education in the 21st century – what might it look like? - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jul 03, 2018

There’s a lot of rhetoric these days around educating students ‘for the 21st century’, and the need for ’21st century skills’, while (not always but often) disparaging what is currently taught & how it’s delivered. Catherine Kelsey has a good op.ed. on this on the Education Central site, in which she comments on two other opinion pieces that … Read More

New research shows explaining things to ‘normal’ people can help scientists be better at their jobs - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 22, 2017

by Susanne Pelger, Lund University In times when fake news and alternative facts circulate in society, spreading scientifically based findings is more important than ever. This makes science communication one of academia’s most vital tasks. But despite the pivotal role scientific communication plays in society, communicating with the general public is not always prioritised among researchers. This is … Read More

Science Learning Hub – relaunched, refunded - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 05, 2016

Last night saw the relaunch at Te Papa of the Science Learning Hub, an educational resource that has amassed nearly 5,000 videos and articles about everything from nanotechnology to climate change – and showcased the work of hundreds of New Zealand scientists in the process. Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce unveiled the new-look Science Learning Hub website and said the … Read More

Mayim Bialik – Scientist & Actor - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 10, 2013

Recently, I posted a brilliant presentation from PhD student, Crystal Dilworth about the Myth of the Scientist. This was linked to by another website, drawing my attention to this presentation from Mayim Bialik about how she got into science. It is a great example of how an articulate and passionate mentor can draw people into the fascinating world … Read More

Describing science - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 19, 2013

Michael has a post just up with a lovely definition of science, in part authored by Alison (see the comments that follows Michael’s post). To extend on what Michael has started, here’s a graphical description of how science works that I saw recently: (Source: www.understandingscience.org. Copyright: 2008, The … Read More

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