Now and then: Science background of pre-service primary

Colin Boylan

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A comparative analysis of the high school science background of preservice primary teacher education students in their first year of study was conducted. Using data collected at a 20 year interval, the 1987- 1989 intake cohorts are compared to the 2007-2009 intake cohorts. The analyses revealed that despite major curriculum changes in high school science, a significant proportion of students did not study science beyond Year the 10 level. Additionally, for those who did study science in Years 11/12 the majority selected a biological sciences subject rather than a physical sciences subject. Finally, analyses of open ended questions on why these students did / did not select a science subject in years 11/12 will be presented. During the presentation, input from participants on their experiences with students from their teacher education courses will be sought.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNZARE 2009
Subtitle of host publicationThis is our research, this is why it matters and this is what should happen next: NZ educational research in 2009
Place of PublicationNew zealand
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventNZARE: New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference - Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 04 Dec 200904 Dec 2009


ConferenceNZARE: New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference
CountryNew Zealand

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