Amidst an international call for a re-formed and re-envisaged science education agenda, the actual state of teaching science in primary schools is still much the same as it was 15 years or more ago. Whilst much research has provided insights into possible approaches for primary science education, we still find ‘blockers’ to a fully implemented science curriculum in schools. Pre-service teachers, as part of their assessment in a science education unit, interviewed primary teachers and asked the reason behind the approach to science in schools. The responses were varied, with some schools and teachers paying lip service to science education, whereas, in schools where science is a critical element of the curriculum, it is still mainly through the driving force of one enthusiastic teacher. This research will report on the aggregated responses from the surveys and attempt to identify possible ways forward, as suggested by data analysis.
Field of Research
130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective
930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed