[ASC-media] MEDIA RELEASE - Academy urges Government to support science education

Mona Akbari Mona.Akbari at science.org.au
Fri Mar 25 03:24:42 CET 2011


Hi Asc'ers

The Academy has put out the attached media release regarding the end of Federal funding for the Academy's science education programs.

Regards
Mona

Dr Mona Akbari  Communications and Media Officer
Australian Academy of Science  Ian Potter House, Gordon Street, Acton ACT 2601  |  GPO Box 783, Canberra ACT 2601
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Subject: MEDIA RELEASE - Academy urges Government to support science education

AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
MEDIA RELEASE

25 March 2011

Academy urges Government to support science education
The Australian Academy of Science is deeply disappointed that the Federal Government has signalled that funding will not continue for the Academy's highly effective primary and high school science education programs.
"The scientific literacy of Australian teenagers is slipping behind that of their international counterparts," Australian Academy of Science President Professor Suzanne Cory said.
"In the last 10 years, the number of students studying science subjects in high school has fallen significantly. This has grave implications for research, innovation and industry, as well as the ability of our citizens to understand and address environmental and medical problems.
"Now more than ever it is vital that Australia invests in quality science education at all levels.
"These are proven, cost-effective programs that support teachers to engage children and teenagers in science."
Primary Connections and Science by Doing were established by the Academy and supported by the Government in response to concerns over the quality of science education in schools. Both programs have had outstanding feedback from students and teachers, and both have the capacity to become self-sustaining.
"Independent assessment of Primary Connections and Science by Doing clearly show very positive results," Professor Cory said.
"Students report that they enjoy science immensely when taught using the Academy's expert-developed programs, and teachers report increased confidence."
Educators have expressed grave concerns about the possible cancellation of the programs and how that might impact schools' capacity to effectively implement the new national science curriculum.
Most primary school teachers have no science training. Primary Connections supports them to integrate science into literacy and numeracy in their everyday classes. Primary Connections units have been purchased by more than half of all Australian primary schools; the program requires a relatively small investment to become self-funding.
Science by Doing enables high school science teachers to present science in a fun, hands-on, engaging manner. It has been successfully piloted in 28 schools across Australia. It plans to develop a comprehensive range of resources for high school teachers and students.
"The Academy is committed to continuing these important programs and wishes to work with the Government to improve the science learning of all Australian students," Professor Cory said.
More information about Primary Connections, Science by Doing, and the scientific literacy of Australian students is available by contacting Mona Akbari (below).

[cid:image004.jpg at 01CBEAF0.004ABDE0]Contact Mona Akbari  |  T (02) 6201 9452  |  M 0447 679 612  |  E mona.akbari at science.org.au
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