Chris Joyce, 2014
- the Nature of science (NOS) in The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC)
- Science Capabilities for Citizenship
- how to access and use NOS and Science Capabilities resources from the Assessment Resource Banks.
Nature of Science
The Nature of Science (NOS) strand is about how science knowledge is created, validated and used. Understanding the discipline of science helps students to engage with science in their lives.
Assessment and NOS
Locating ARB resources that focus on NOS
The Advanced Search enables you to search using any of the five headings:
- Understanding about science
- Investigating in science
- Communicating in science
- Participating in science
Supporting NOS teaching
Resources specifically designed to assess NOS
The student task models questions with a NOS focus. Marking Student Responses provides guidelines for the sorts of responses to look for. Working with students provides teaching support.
These resources tend to have been published since 2003.
These ARB resources were not designed to assess NOS, but potentially could do so. These resources tend to be those published before 2003.
You could change the focus of the questions, or add further questions to address an aspect of NOS. There is no support within the resource to do this. We suggest you use other ARB tasks as models, or look at the resources available on Science Online.
Science capabilities for citizenship
The science capabilities promote the idea of science education for citizenship. The capabilities are aligned to the NOS themes. They model an approach for addressing NOS in science experiences in the classroom.
Five capabilities have initially been identified:
- Gather and interpret data: Learners make careful observations and differentiate between observation and inference. Read more.
- Use evidence: Learners support their ideas with evidence and look for evidence supporting others' explanations. Read more.
- Critique evidence: Not all questions can be answered by science. Read more.
- Interpret representations: Scientists represent their ideas in a variety of ways, including models, graphs, charts, diagrams and written texts. Read more.
- Engage with science: This capability requires students to use the other capabilities to engage with science in “real life” contexts. Read more.
Locating ARB resources that address science capabilities
You can also go to the science capabilities website to find examples of how to adapt existing resources.