Science for Citizenship
Shifting the focus from content to understanding
1 May 2014
Ally Bull is a senior researcher at NZCER. Her research interests include science education and future-oriented education. She is also involved in developing science assessment resources for classroom teachers and in other resource production work in science, including the development of the “capabilities” for science literacy for the Ministry of Education. She is also involved with science PLD for primary teachers. Ally is a registered teacher with experience at all levels of the primary school.
Chris Joyce is currently the manager of Curriculum and Assessment Resources at NZCER. Her main areas of interest are primary science education and assessment. Projects she has worked on include the Assessment Resource Banks, the Science: Thinking with Evidence tests, the science capabilities project, and National Monitoring. She was originally a primary school teacher, and then lectured in science, professional studies and English at Wellington College of Education.
Kathy is a senior lecturer in science education at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Waikato. She supervises doctoral and masters research students in science education and also regularly reviews science education articles for the Journal of Research in Science Education (JRST), Research in Science Education (RISE), the International Journal of Science Education (IJSE), and the Waikato Journal of Education. She has worked extensively in the professional development of teachers for implementation of science and biology curricula and her research interests are in the areas of teaching and learning about socioscientific issues in science classrooms, understandings of the Nature of Science and supporting the use of online learning pedagogies in science education.
Anne Barker (BSc, BTch) is a primary-trained teacher currently on secondment from a semi-rural full primary school. She promotes the Science Learning Hub website and works for Te Toi Tupu based at the University of Waikato as a primary science facilitator.
Mary Loveless (MSc – Science Education), BEd) has been a long term employee of the University of Waikato both as a science educator and facilitator; and more recently leading the Te Toi Tupu Primary Science Project providing science pedagogical support to teachers in the North Island. She has also directed a variety of external Ministry of Education contracts; writing curriculum resources designed to support teachers in developing classroom science teaching and learning programmes.
Georgette Jenson is an experienced teacher who has taught students from New Entrant level to Year 10. She has trained with some of the best thinkers in the world including David Hyerle and Art Costa. One of her passions is practical science where she will share simple to use thinking tools to encourage Wonderment and Awe, critical and empathetic thinking when observing the Living World around us.