- TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) 2010/11: The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) measures trends in mathematics and science achievement at the fourth and eighth grades (Years 5 and 9) as well as monitoring curricular implementation and identifying the most effective instructional practices from around the world. This is the fifth cycle of TIMSS and New Zealand is one of 63 countries and 14 benchmarking participants to take part during 2010 and 2011. In the previous cycle (2006/07) New Zealand tested at the Year 5 level only; in 2010/11, both Year 5 and Year 9 were tested at the national level.
- Opening up pathways
A review of the literature concerning supports and barriers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics engagement at primary-secondary transition.
Students’ positive views about science, technology and society are not reflected in their opinions about their school science education.
This report explores school students’ attitudes to science to establish why many disengage with the subject and what can be done to reverse this trend.
A high proportion of primary teachers feel they lack the confidence, expertise and training to teach current science curricula effectively.
Teachers felt that their overall lack of science background knowledge, confidence and training to teach science effectively was the most significant issue currently facing primary science
Why science education matters.
A new Royal Society of New Zealand initiative addressing the lack of teachers' confidence in teaching science.