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

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posted on 2024-06-16, 13:39 authored by T Terada, N Katayama, R Wallis
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.

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Journal

Japanese journal of biological education

Volume

43

Pagination

54-62

Location

Tokyo, Japan

ISSN

0287-119X

Language

jpn

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

Nihon Seibutsu Kyoiku Gakkai

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