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The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program funds innovative pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Informal Science Education (ISE) educational projects. Although inquiry and the scientific method are integral to science education and practice, every decision we make is based on these processes. Natural human curiosity and necessity lead to asking questions (What is the problem?), constructing a hypothesis (How do I solve it?), testing it with evidence and evaluating the result (Did the solution work?), and making future decisions based on that result.

The practice of science education has been increasingly informed by research into science teaching and learning. Research in science education relies on a wide variety of methodologies, borrowed from many branches of science and engineering such as computer science, cognitive science, cognitive psychology and anthropology. Science education research aims to define or characterize what constitutes learning in science and how it is brought about.

Services and Information for Teachers, Special Needs Assistants and Non-Teaching School Staff. The Taronga Institute, together with the Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo sites, will ‘bring science to life’ and demonstrate stronger alignment between school education programs offered and the Australian and NSW curriculums. Chi, M.T.H. (1992). Conceptual change within and across ontological categories: Examples from learning and discovery in science. In R. Giere (Ed.), Cognitive models of science: Minnesota studies in the philosophy of science (pp. 129-186). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

The journal was published by IJESE (from 2006 to 2013) and ISER-International Society of Educational Research(from 2014 to 2016). Curious Minds targets high-achieving female students in Years 9 and 10 through a series of hands-on summer schools. Delivered by the Australian Mathematics Trust, Curious Minds combines residential camps and a mentoring program with the aim of igniting girls’ passion and participation in STEM.

Research tells us that the biggest impact on young people’s performance at school is the quality of teaching they receive. But to provide high-quality inspirational lessons, all teachers should have access to continuing professional development to keep up-to-date with the latest research and ways of teaching. This is problem-solving: using critical thinking and evidence to create solutions and make decisions. Problem-solving and critical thinking are two of the most important skills students learn in school. They are essential to making good decisions that lead to achievement and success during and after school.