Australia is a culturally diverse nation with a desire to build a strong knowledge and innovation based economy. Effective science education programs are a vital key to making this a reality. The Science in Schools (Si S) Strategy is the Victorian Government’s response to this challenge. Initiated in 1998, the Si S strategy has changed the face of science education in Victorian schools. The innovative programs that this strategy has developed initiate and develop relationships between a wide range of groups including students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers, tertiary institutions and industry. As well as changing the way that science is delivered in schools, these programs also need to be inclusive of, and responsive to, the diverse cultural needs of the Australian community.

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Innovations in Australian science education

Paula Taylor   Science Trek Unit

Australia is a culturally diverse nation with a desire to build a strong knowledge and innovation based economy. Effective science education programs are a vital key to making this a reality. The Science in Schools (Si S) Strategy is the Victorian Government’s response to this challenge. Initiated in 1998, the Si S strategy has changed the face of science education in Victorian schools. The innovative programs that this strategy has developed initiate and develop relationships between a wide range of groups including students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers, tertiary institutions and industry. As well as changing the way that science is delivered in schools, these programs also need to be inclusive of, and responsive to, the diverse cultural needs of the Australian community.

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