The expectations on primary teachers to cover all areas of the curriculum, as well as the social and emotional needs of children, has become "unreasonable, if not untenable".’ Prof Stephen Dinham, University of Wollongong, March 2007.
Fact: Without a grasp of scientific ways of thinking, the average person cannot tell the difference between science based on real data and something that resembles science
Fact: An understanding of science and technology enables students to make sense of their surroundings.
Fact: Science provides a context for using mathematical knowledge and understandings, it provides content and a purpose for communicating ideas, facts and opinions, it provides a context for problem solving, critical thinking and cooperative learning.
Fact: Science engages reluctant learners.
Fact: The primary years are where personal (long term) interests initiate, develop and unfold.
- Fact: The Board of Studies is continuing to review the K-6 Science and Technology syllabus in 2012.
STANSW can provide you with a systems’ independent voice in the syllabus review process.
Are your staff well informed about Science and Technology Educational issues?
STANSW provides professional support for primary teachers in their teaching of Science and Technology.
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A one-year school membership provides you with:
* 4 editions of Science Matters
* 4 editions of E-news
* 4 editions of Science Education News
* reduced cost for staff at STANSW PD events.
* Access to resources on the Members Site