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Current situation of practical work in secondary school biology (VCE biology) in Victoria state, Australia

Terada, Takuji, Katayama, Nobsyasu and Wallis, Robert L. 2002, Current situation of practical work in secondary school biology (VCE biology) in Victoria state, Australia, Japanese journal of biological education, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 54-62.

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Title Current situation of practical work in secondary school biology (VCE biology) in Victoria state, Australia
Author(s) Terada, Takuji
Katayama, Nobsyasu
Wallis, Robert L.
Journal name Japanese journal of biological education
Volume number 43
Issue number 2
Start page 54
End page 62
Publisher Nihon Seibutsu Kyoiku Gakkai
Place of publication Tokyo, Japan
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0287-119x
Keyword(s) Australian secondary biology
practical work
VCE
Victoria State
Summary In secondary school biology in Victoria State, Australia, practical work including laboratory exercises, fieldwork and other research activities is carried out more frequently than in Japanese senior high school biology. The authors examined the contents of the practical work and how often such practical work is carried out in some urban and rural secondary schools in Victoria. The topics of biology practical work were based on the VCE Biology Study Design which was published by the Victorian Board of Studies. Some of the activities continued for some weeks. Sometimes students went out from their school for fieldwork for a few days. The average number of practical work per credit was about 4. This number is consider ably larger than the value (2.3 per credit) which was reported on senior high schools in Osaka Prefecture. Why so often can the practical work be carried out? The main reason is that as well as the scores of ordinary paper tests, the evaluation of each practical work is taken into consideration at the entrance examination of universities and other tertiary education institutes in Victoria State.
Language jpn
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001480

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Ecology and Environment
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