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Otago University develops primary energy resource

posted May 26, 2012, 5:25 AM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated May 26, 2012, 5:30 AM ]
"Department of applied sciences professional practice fellow Andrew Wallace said students in the department were developing a set of teaching materials to allow the concept of energy to be taught in an applied way to primary school pupils across the country"

"The projects stemmed from a concern for the future of science education in New Zealand primary schools, Mr Wallace said. It prompted the University of Otago's education and applied sciences departments to team up and create teaching tools aimed at building "a lexicon" of science knowledge. Primary school teachers had about 20 hours' science training to pass on to their pupils, and unless the teachers had a science background the 20 hours of training would be the limit of science education given to their pupils"