ERIC Number: ED454063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Primary School Students Make Better Sense of the Material and Physical Worlds.
The results of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) published in 1977 suggested that the achievement of New Zealand students in science could be considerably improved. A significant barrier to improving achievement, particularly in the physical sciences, was identified as a lack of teacher knowledge of the scientific concepts needed to implement a meaningful program of learning. The production of hands-on material for teachers to use in the classroom that translated the ideas and requirements of the curriculum into practical activities was recognized as a high priority. In addition, the material needed to identify the scientific background necessary for teachers so that they could support students in their science learning. This paper documents the writing of two resources, "Making Better Sense of the Material World" and "Making Better Sense of the Physical World", and discusses the reasons behind their format, structure, and the involvement of practicing teachers in their development. (SAH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Hands on Science, Learning, Mathematics Education, Physical Sciences, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
Web site: http://www.science.adelaide.edu.au/sasta/conastra.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study