SCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH
The science education special interest group aims to foster quality research in areas relevant to science education in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Since its first meeting in December 2011 the SIG has organised several symposia where members of the science education research community have discussed current issues in science education.
SIG meeting at conference 2016
Sabina Cleary, Robyn Caygill and Carrie Vander Zwaag were elected as co-convenors of the Science SIG. Thank you to Cathy Bunnting who has held this position for the past two years.
Shaking up Science Education:
The Science SIG hostedthe research strand of SCICON 2016, the bi-annual conference for science teachers in Lower Hutt, in July 2016. The collaboration with SCICON is intended to make the research-practice nexus more visible. The theme of the research strand, 'Shaking up science education' builds on the Conference Theme of 'Earth shattering science' and recognises the large number of individuals and groups involved in innovative research projects across New Zealand - from teaching inquiries undertaken by teachers in their own classrooms, to national initiatives seeking to inform science education and the Government's goal of a more scientifically engaged public.
Science in Society
The SIG has also been represented on the Science in Society Reference Group for the strategic plan, A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara, released on 29 July 2015. More information ....
One day Science Education Symposium: Theme: Circuit breakers: Rewiring Science Education
July 2014. Otago Boys' High School, Dunedin (follows on from SciCon Conference)
The Science SIG hosted a day-long symposium in Dunedin on 9 July 2014 at the end of Scicon. The theme for the symposium was: Circuit breakers - rewiring science education.
The first part of the day included ten-minute presentations from a number of our colleagues within the science education research community. The second part of the day included a presentation by Angela Clemens from the MInistry of Education and Olivia Paterson from MBIE on the Science in Society Challenge. They willingly faced a wide range of questions, but were in the unenviable position of not being able to reveal changes to the Strategy that had been made subsequent to the consultation process.
2013 Science SIG Symposium
Held Tuesday 26 November 2013 at University of Otago, College of Education, Dunedin
Science education and science communication - learning from each other
This year's hui took place in the context of broader socio-political discussion about the National Science Challenges.
Given that the focus in the 'science leadership challenge' is on STEM education AND science communication, the programme for the day included invited contributions from the field of science communication. The intention was that discussions during the hui will focus on what science education might learn from research in science communication.
The science SIG hosted an afternoon’s discussion just prior to the annual conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) in July 2013 in Wellington.
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Co-convenors of the Science Education SIG are:
Sabina Cleary, University of Canterbury
Robyn Caygill, Ministry of Education
Carrie Vander Zwaag, Massey University