Building a future-oriented science education system in New Zealand: How are we doing?

25 May 2022

This paper makes the case for deep and radical change to New Zealand's approach to science education. It discusses the implications of recent science education research and policy work, and argues New Zealand still has a long way to go to developing a future-oriented science education system.  It explores what needs to change and contains suggestions for some first steps.

“Developing science education that is a better fit for the times we live in is a massive undertaking and it is unrealistic for schools to do it on their own. As well as rethinking the relationships between schools, the science community and the wider community, and investing in teacher professional learning, it will also be important to find ways of educating the wider community as to why these changes are necessary.”

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FEDORA, Future-oriented Science Education to enhance Responsibility and Engagement in the society of acceleration and uncertainty, is a 3-year EU-funded project. It started in September 2020 and will deploy its activities until August 2023. It gathers 6 partner institutions from 5 European countries.
FEDORA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 872841
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