Tagged: teachers

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

Why stereotyping scientists matters - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 27, 2013

I’m always interested to find out what people think I do for a living. No one has ever said scientist. It’s usually something in the arts or fashion*. You know, creative industries. I’m guessing it’s because of my hair. What is interesting about this though is that somehow people don’t think of science as being creative. Such misperceptions are largely … Read More

Courtesy doesn't cost …. - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Sep 18, 2012

… well not in monetary terms. However, a little consideration by an employer in times of difficulty can help relieve rather than exacerbate the stress felt by staff. Unfortunately, it seems both the University of Canterbury and the Ministry of Education seem to have missed this point. I was talking last night to someone who has recently been made redundant by … Read More

Evolution and education — advice for teachers - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 08, 2011

Creationists have far less influence in New Zealand than they do in the US. Still, quite a large proportion of Christians here do not accept evolutionary science. So, I imagine, their wish to undermine the teaching of evolutionary science sometimes … Continue reading → … Read More

Class size doesn't matter – Yeah Right - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 19, 2011

An article in the Christchurch Press today repeats the, in my opinion, flawed suggestion that class size doesn’t matter in our schools. This claim by Professor John Hattie of Auckland University will no doubt draw criticism from those at the coal face of New Zealand’s education system – school teachers. In the Press article they give the example of a … Read More