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Published on 25 May 2012

25 May 2012

The new science curriculum being taught in Australian schools this year is expected to be of particular interest at the upcoming 43rd Australasian Science Education Research (ASERA) Conference at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Curriculum-focused forums will take place on the final day of the conference, which is being held from 27-30 June.

USC’s Acting Head of Discipline for Education Dr Margaret Marshman said Monash University’s Associate Professor Debbie Corrigan, and Melanie Isaacs from the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), would conduct the sessions.

“These forums will examine the new Australian curriculum and ways to improve the implementation of science,” she said.

“We expect them to appeal to teachers because of the shortage of scientists in Australia, and the need for educators to make science interesting so that students take up science, and follow science as a career.

“Many people still think of scientists as being a bit like Einstein – little old men in lab coats – when in fact that’s not science at all. Science is all around us.”

Dr Marshman encouraged early childhood, primary, secondary and pre-service teachers to attend the conference and participate in the sessions.

She said the conference had attracted a host of internationally acclaimed science educators and science education researchers including those from the United Kingdom, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand and Germany.

“There will be a stronger emphasis on science education research during the first two days of the conference,” she said.

“There will also be opportunities for teachers to present their research and conference papers.”

To register for the 43rd Australasian Science Education Research (ASERA) Conference go to is http://www.asera.org.au/index.php/annualconf/2012annual-conference

— Michelle Widdicombe

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