Water Journal : Water Journal November 2013
ENGAGING STUDENTS WITH MATHS AND SCIENCE A new suite of online resources has been launched to help teachers stimulate interest and engagement in mathematics and science among Australian school students. The disengagement of students from maths and science is an alarming trend given the national priority that is assigned to these elds of study. Between 1992 and 2010, the percentage of Australian Year 12 students enrolled in Biology fell from 35.3% to 24%; in Chemistry from 22.9% to 17.2%; and in Physics from 20.8% to 14.2%. Research commissioned by Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, revealed that Australia was part of a global decline in student engagement in science and mathematics. Despite this broad decline, it is recognised that there are some Australian schools that provide students with strongly positive and inspirational experiences in maths and science. In response to the Chief Scientist's report, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations asked the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) to identify and capture on video such inspirational teaching and participation in schools across Australia. This was done in collaboration with several organisations including the CSIRO's Education Unit. In those schools, both primary and secondary, authentic real- life maths and science classes were lmed in action -- totalling 150 minutes of stimulating teaching practice. Within all the varied classroom environments, there was a consistently strong emphasis on blending innate student curiosity with creativity, practical collaboration and problem-solving skills. The new resources will be shared internationally with the United States National Academy of Science, which has undertaken work on a similar project on behalf of the National Science Foundation. The exchange is expected to bene t both Australia and the United States. The video snapshots are available online at www.teacherstandards. aitsl.edu.au/Topics/MathScienceTeaching. HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO A MAJOR CLIMATE TIPPING POINT? Australian lm-maker Liz Courtney has made one of the largest bodies of works on our changing Climate System this year with a preview halfway across the world in the US on NBC Universals' channel, The Weather Channel, which reaches over 150 million homes in the US. Together with the assistance of NASA, NOAA, leading scientists and universities from all over the world, The Tipping Points is a six by one- hour series that follows scientists in the eld at the frontline of our changing climate system, as they aggregate data to be analysed and provide a timeline to change on this planet. FAST, SIMPLE AND FIELD READY. 1300 887 735 www.hachpacific.com.au Introducing the NEW DR 900 Colorimeter.
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