The Resource Centre contains practical material about good teaching and learning in the tertiary sector. The Resources can come from the Communities and Project Groups on the site. The Resources are high-quality, well-presented, evidence-based, and relevant to New Zealand.
This section includes items relevant to the teaching of Natural and Physical Sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and Astronomy.
Most recent resources about Natural and Physical Science
This report identifies and discusses the many interwoven factors that impact on students’ decision making with regard to the ongoing study of sciences, both in the final year of secondary school, and on transition to tertiary level studies.It addresses two closely related key questions:Why do students choose to continue with sciences in Year 13 of their school studies?Why do students plan to take up (or not take up) sciences in their tertiary level studies?
Cooperative education, a form of experiential or work-integrated learning is common in tertiary educational institutions worldwide, but less so in New Zealand. How well do such programs work? What infrastructure is needed to ensure learning actually occurs? Are graduates of work-integrated learning programs able to satisfy employer needs? This chapter synthesizes decades of work around such issues, and details research initiatives that provide valuable insights into how students learn science on in the workplace, how their skill development matches that desired by employers, and best practice for management of work-integrated learning in science and engineering.