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Goals and Aims

The project aims to empower science teachers in implementing innovative teaching strategies, so as to enhance students’ understanding of the Nature of Science (NOS) and the interconnection of Science, Technology, Society, and Environment (STSE). The ultimate goal of this project is to enable students to make informed decisions on the ever-increasing socio-scientific issues based on evidence.

Worldwide research confirms the contention that sound knowledge of NOS and STSE will enhance students’ learning of science content, interest in science and ability to make informed decisions based on evidence. In recent years, the Science Curriculum in Hong Kong has followed the world trend and placed explicit emphasis on the understanding of NOS and STSE in its objectives and contents. These emphases continue to be spelt out as one of the main goals in the newly proposed Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Senior Science and Liberal Studies Curricula to be implemented in 2009.

These new emphases are particularly vital when more and more social issues in our daily lives demand the populace to be scientifically literate . However, research conducted in different countries consistently come to the disappointing result that science teachers do not have an adequate understanding of NOS and STSE. Furthermore, various studies have reported that the implementation of teaching of NOS and STSE is impeded by the limited availability of relevant curriculum resources, particularly those in local contexts and language. Similar limitations are also found in Hong Kong. These findings underscore the urgent need of enhancing both science teachers’ understanding in NOS and STSE as well as their pedagogical knowledge and skills. Thus, this project is a timely response in the light of recent education reforms which demand new goals and new types of teaching approaches.

Throughout the two years of the project, three workshops have been conducted to equip the participating teachers of the project with the pedagogical skills for teaching NOS and STSE. More than 100 teachers have benefited from these workshops. The success and demand of these workshops tell us that professional development or on-going teachers' training are crucial to any education reforms.
If you want to give us feedback for our project, please contact Dr. Alice Wong. (Email: aslwong@hkucc.hku.hk)