Biology curriculum for the senior secondary level in Victoria, Australia

Katayama, Nobuyasu, Terada, Takuji and Wallis, Robert 2001, Biology curriculum for the senior secondary level in Victoria, Australia, Seibutsu Kyoiku, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 83-92.

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Title Biology curriculum for the senior secondary level in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Katayama, Nobuyasu
Terada, Takuji
Wallis, Robert
Journal name Seibutsu Kyoiku
Volume number 42
Issue number 2
Start page 83
End page 92
Publisher Nihon Seibutsu Kyoiku Gakkai
Place of publication Tokyo, Japan
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0287-119X
Summary In Victoria, the Victorian Certificate of Education(VCE) is most common among certificates required to apply any tertiary institute in the Victoria State. Thus, the number of students who take the VCE course is larger than other courses in senior secondary schools. VCE Biology is one of the subjects in natural science area. The subject consists of 4 units: Unit 1 is ecology oriented, Unit 2 is cell biology oriented, Unit 3 is physiology and developmental biology oriented, and Unit 4 is systematics, genetics and evolution oriented. One of the distinctive features of the VCE Biology is its assignment. Three or four tasks are prepared in each unit of the subject. In order to complete the assignment, students should carry out some laboratory work, field studies and investigations to collect data and information from a number of sources. They also need to analyze data to write some reports. In Unit 3 and 4, Common Assessment Tasks(CATs), which include writing report and paper test, and prepared. Another distinctive feature of the curriculum is that there are some applied biological aspects in the contents of each unit.
Notes Journal title (English) Japanese Journal of Biological Education
Language jpn
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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