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Achievement aims and the nature of science

It is important to clarify what it is about the nature of science you want your students to understand. Begin by asking:

  • what is science and how do scientists work?
  • 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 develop ideas about the nature of science. Each theme is expanded with explanation, examples, and questions for teacher reflection. The achievement aims are separated for discussion and reflection – not to imply that the achievement aims should be taught separately.

Exploring science ideas, forming scientific explanations, science knowledge and the culture of science are discussed here.

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The nature of student investigations, attitudes that support investigations, carrying out an investigation and interpreting observations are discussed here.

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Students develop knowledge of the vocabulary, numeric and symbol systems, and conventions of science, and use this knowledge to communicate about their own and others’ ideas.

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Students bring a scientific perspective to decisions and actions as appropriate.

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