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Feature: Future-Proofing Students
Ten partnerships are piloting an innovative program that provides high school students with an industry-supported pathway to a STEM-related qualification.
Browse: How Urban Sea Snakes Lost Their Stripes
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Cover Story: The Emerging Potential of Video Games
A growing body of research is finding that video games stimulate the brain, but are the skills acquired transferable and is violence in games really an issue?
Feature: The Gender Divide in Science Education
While girls now match boys in their interest and ability in science, there remains a stark disparity in the subjects they select and the careers they pursue.
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Feature: How Much Science Does a Citizen Need?
While many believe that there’s a set of basic scientific facts that people should know, they are spectacularly unsuccessful at being able to nominate just what those facts should be.
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Feature: Alternative Career Options for Scientists
A research career doesn’t suit everybody, but the skill sets of scientists can lead to rewarding careers beyond academia.
Browse: Gene Variations Influence Education
An exceptionally large study of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) – variations in which just one of the four nucleotides of DNA is altered – has found a number that relate to the time spent in education.
Browse: Pattern Learning Aids Language Development in Kids
Browse: Toy Choice Influences Child Literacy and Numeracy conSCIENCE: Lessons from Space Camp
Fascination with space travel can launch primary students into a life of maths and science discovery.
conSCIENCE: Serendipity, Your Number Is Up
Science, technology, engineering and maths skills are needed to build the nation, but student and teacher numbers are in decline.
The Bitter Pill: Why People Believe Weird Things 101
A new university course is teaching students why normally sensible people believe weird things, and some of the tricks used by pseudoscientific practitioners.
Cool Careers: Lessons from Abroad
After teaching science in developing countries, Scott Daniel has returned home to develop teaching strategies for large class sizes here.
Cool Careers: Hazardous Outreach
Bob Muir is taking chemistry to the public but says safety regulations prevent him from doing the sorts of things he would really like.
Directions: The “Good Enough” Education System
Does Australia have the education system it needs for a vibrant economic future?
Directions: No More Studies: It’s Time for STEM Action
The STEM situation is desperate and needs to be addressed as a high priority.
Directions: Australia’s High Schools Are Into STELR
The STELR program now reaches 500 schools, 50,000 students and 1500 teachers each year.
Expert Opinion: Where does Australia stand on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education?
Experts respond to a report into international comparisons of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
Fossil File: Dinosaurs Should Rock Older Students Too
Primary schools use dinosaurs to teach how scientific disciplines overlap. Universities should too.
Lowe Tech: Engineering Numbers Aren’t Adding Up
Our universities aren’t producing enough engineers to meet demand, and gender balance remains an issue.
Naked Skeptic: Checking the Facts
How much can you rely on what you read without checking the facts yourself?
Naked Skeptic: A History Lesson for Smart Kids
Harry Messel was the inspiration for a talk Peter Bowditch gave at the 2015 Young Scientist Awards organised by the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW.
Naked Skeptic: University Research Is Losing Its Independence
Universities can no longer be relied upon to allow unconventional voices to be heard – unless there’s sponsorship attached.
Naked Skeptic: School Daze
Is there any science behind the theory that a child’s visual, auditory or kinesthetic learning style should determine how they’re taught?
Naked Skeptic: Go! Learn Things!
Knowing about science is more important than doing science because it helps you separate sense from nonsense.
Neuropsy: Slings and Arrowsmiths
A well-promoted intervention for children with learning disorders lacks reliable evidence for its efficacy.
Neuropsy: How Strong Is the Evidence for Brain Training Programs?
The quality of research supporting brain training programs has been questioned.
Simon Says: Science Student Enrolments: The Glass Is Half-Full
Fewer science students at school is better than more. It’s what they do next that matters.
Simon Says: Curriculum Wars
The troubled saga of the national school curriculum has more turmoil ahead, and perhaps an unhappy ending.
Simon Says: Rebooting Computing at School
We can devote more early-stage teaching effort to computing but will Aussie kids click onto it?
Up Front: Unrest in the Ranks – and Rankings
Working scientists are becoming disenchanted in the workplace at a time when scientific literacy of students is slipping.
The Funneled Web: Teaching Real Science
Are we teaching difficult concepts too early in the science curriculum?
The Funneled Web: Unhealthy Science?
Ian Dobson Delivers the First of Three Studies Commissioned by Australia's Chief Scientist.
Online Feature: The ethics of "gifted" genes: the road to Gattaca?
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conSCIENCE: Science for Dummies
How concerned should we be that many Australians don't know some basic science facts?