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It is important to clarify what it is about the nature of science that we want our students to understand. We can begin by asking ourselves: what is science and how do scientists work? And: how can we relate what we know about science and scientists’ work to the Achievement Aims of the Nature of Science strand?
The themes under each of the Achievement Aims below tease out ideas about the nature of science. Each theme is expanded with explanation, examples and questions for teacher reflection. The Achievement Aims are separated here for discussion and reflection, however, it needs to be acknowledged that this is somewhat arbitrary and it is not intended to imply that teachers will teach the Achievement Aims separately.
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