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STEM skills vital to NZ’s future – Steven Joyce

John Kerr posted in on February 1st, 2016.

Writing in the Dominion Post, Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce lays out the case for a skilled workforce – especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) sector. An excerpt (read in full here): Getting people with more skills vital to our future Beyond the current fog of misinformation around about trade deals […]

Nigel Latta blows away stereotypes in the Weekend Herald

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2015.

Jamie Morton interviewed Nigel Latta, the presenter of the eponymous ‘Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up’ TV Show,  for the Weekend Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): Why Nigel blows stuff up We think of him as a celebrity shrink, the parenting guru, the self-styled TV guinea pig who once voluntarily spent a grim night […]

Strategic plan to foster curious minds

John Kerr posted in on July 29th, 2014.

A new report from the government lays out a plan to encourage and enable a more science-literate and aware society. A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara – is the blueprint for the Science in Society Project which came out of the National Science Challenges. The project called on the government […]

Education survey more than just rankings – Fiona Ell

John Kerr posted in on December 5th, 2013.

In the New Zealand Herald lecturer in primary teacher education at the University of Auckland, Dr Fiona Ell, reflects on our ranking in the latest international education survey, warning that our ranking is not the number on which we should focus. An excerpt (read in full here): Real issue is the gap, not rankings The […]

Education at the core of science literacy – Gluckman

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2013.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, has written about the role of science in society in a new blog posting. His comments follow the announcement of a unique joint education-science sector plan to lift engagement and achievement in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) across New Zealand. An excerpt (read in […]

Two hard for whom? Sir Peter Gluckman on science education concerns

Peter Griffin posted in on October 4th, 2013.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has written a hard-hitting blog post in response to schools considering dropping science as a compulsory subject in year 11. The issue generated headlines last month when the Ministry of Education established an advisory group to look into the issue. Sir Peter writes: “If Year 11 […]

Schools shouldn’t skimp on science – Editorial

John Kerr posted in on September 23rd, 2013.

The editorial in today’s Dominion Post focuses on the issue of science education in New Zealand secondary schools, following the news that a growing number of schools are considering making the subject optional for Year 11 students. An excerpt (read in full here): Science too important to be optional Not every New Zealand pupil studying […]

Primary school science on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on May 14th, 2012.

A segment on today’s Nine to Noon on Radio New Zealand examines the issue of science teaching in primary schools in the wake of an Education Review Office report indicating a lack of effective science teaching in New Zealand. The discussion features: Steven Sexton, University of Otago primary education lecturer, who is on the board […]

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Science education needs improvement – report

John Kerr posted in on May 2nd, 2012.

A report released today by the Education Review Office shows that only 27 percent of schools have highly effective or generally effective science programmes for Years 5 to 8 students. The report presents the findings of  team of reviewers who evaluated the quality and effectiveness of science teaching in 100 New Zealand schools. They observed […]

Report on kiwi science education released

John Kerr posted in on April 5th, 2011.

Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, today released his much-awaited report on the state of science education in New Zealand, titled: “Looking Ahead: Science Education for the Twenty-First Century“. In addition to a comprehensive review of science education in New Zealand, Sir Peter’s report makes a number of recommendations including: Enhancing […]

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