Improving Science Education: Lessons Learnt in Australia
A visitorship report by Nicole Candy, Dainfern College
The number of children participating and excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is becoming a growing concern in South African education.
In 2014 the number of children taking Physical Sciences for the national Senior certificate (NSC) was less than 50% and there has been a steady decline in the national average.
The purpose of the visitorship was to identify strategies to ensure that children take physical science at a matric level and to identify teaching methodologies that enable children to excel in the subject.
Four schools were visited in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and the suggestions made in this paper are based on observations as well as discussions with both teachers and students at these organisations.