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This programme aims to give students the academic and practical skills they need to develop a critical understanding of the role of science education, research and communication in society. 7. Conduct projects for high school mathematics and science gifted students. The University’s Special Mathematics Examination is not applicable to this programme. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February. The whole area of public understanding of research (its content, methodology, and implications) has been studied most thoroughly in the United States, starting with a conference at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and leading to a publication by Chittenden et al. (2004), which deals comprehensively with a wide range of aspects.

A persistent problem has been the lack of articulation between pre-and in-service science teacher education. NSF support for in-service teacher education from 1960 to 1975 focused on updating science preparation in an attempt to narrow the gap. In fact, NSF efforts often tended to deepen the problem. The NSF assumed that science teachers needed only more and better science backgrounds and the NSF model was simply one of giving teachers current science information, which they were to transmit directly to their students. What was needed was a set of intellectual tools with which teachers could evaluate the instruction they provided.

Nova – the Australian Academy of Science publishes this web site which examines topical science issues. The material is suitable for secondary students and teachers. If we’re successful, in five years we’ll have helped to reshape and improve science education in the UK. More young people will receive an excellent science education from passionate, well-trained, inspiring teachers.

highly developed and well-tested theories. These theories, in turn, can explain bodies of data and predict outcomes of experiments. They are also tools for further development of the subject. An important component of science is the knowledge of the limitations of current theories, that is, an understanding of those aspects of a theory that are well tested and hence are well established, and of those aspects that are not well tested and hence are provisional and likely to be modified as new empirical evidence is acquired.

An important opportunity provided by science centers concerns “talking to learn.” Conversation, whether with family members or peer groups leads to that articulation of ideas which is at the heart of assimilating them. Such social learning opportunities cannot readily be achieved in schools. The Government is providing funding for play-based apps that inspire curiosity and interest in STEM among preschool-aged children. The University of Canberra will design, develop, and implement the ELSA pilot , which includes digital learning experiences rich in STEM concepts, delivered on tablet devices. The ELSA pilot will begin in 2018.