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Nature of science

The structure of the science learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum gives us the message that the Nature of Science strand is very important. Through this strand, students learn what science is and how scientists work – students learn to think and behave like scientists. The other strands provide contexts through which students can develop their understanding about the nature of science.

It is important to clarify what it is about the nature of science that we want our students to understand. This section looks at what science is and how scientists work, and identifies and discusses themes that relate to the Achievement Aims of the Nature of Science strand.

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The Nature of Science strand is described in the science learning area as the overarching and unifying strand. How might this influence our teaching and our choice of teaching activities? What teaching activities will help us teach the nature of science?

The teaching activities in this section provide examples for how we might adapt other activities to meet the aims of the Nature of Science strand.

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