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How can teachers teach science better?

With the importance of STEM growing rapidly, the government is dedicated to increasing young Australians’ STEM skills.

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However, despite this push for STEM, Australia is slipping behind the rest of the world in science and mathematical achievement.1 This is not to say that Australian students aren’t performing well in STEM - it’s Australian science literacy levels which have remained static while other countries’ levels have improved.2

To no one's surprise, the education sector and teachers come under scrutiny as a result. This begs the question: how can teachers teach science better?


  1. TIMSS 2015: A First Look at Australia’s Results, Australian Council for Educational Research
  2. Student performance in science remains static, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)


Professor Simon Pyke


Professor Simon Pyke

Research Area: Science education

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Science Education

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Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition