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Nature of science rubrics

Rubrics offer one way of providing feedback that allows students to understand their development in terms of a continuum. This unit contains two sets of rubrics: a generic set developed for key skills needed in applying the nature of science; and a second set developed by the staff at Kirwee Model School, Christchurch, New Zealand. Although set out differently, both sets of rubrics provide examples of how a school can develop the nature of science by exploring those elements that make up the “big idea”.

Topics: Assessment
Resource Types: Teacher Support
Years: 3-8 | Pages: 12 | Code: E3987-18

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Chris Astall

After gaining a PhD in marine biology in 1992, Dr Chris Astall trained to become a primary school teacher and taught in schools in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Since 2008 he has been a senior lecturer in science education at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand, a role that involves working with many schools throughout the country. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious Royal Society (UK) Millennium Fellowship for his community science development project “Saturday Science and Technology”. His current research interests include the use of ICT in science education, the development of nature of science through children’s literature and exploring how schools can develop sustainable science practices. He has presented nationally and internationally and has facilitated numerous workshops, through science conferences and consultation work.
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Warren Bruce

Warren Bruce been a science adviser to primary schools for the past 16 years. He has had material published in a series produced by the New Zealand Ministry of Education to support the curriculum. He has also been a member of the Ministry’s writing group for the Science Exemplars, which contain annotated samples of work from children up to 13 years of age. With the lifelong aim of arousing children’s curiosity in the world around them, he has developed units that integrate literacy and science through popular children’s fiction. He has also presented workshops at the annual Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association, as well as in New Zealand, Bangkok and the United States.