WHAT S HAPPENING IN VICTORIA?

  VCAA  Update   WHAT’S   HAPPENING  IN     VICTORIA?   2   Revised  VCE  science  studies  -­‐  6melines   Page  12  of  the  November  2014  V...
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VCAA  Update  

WHAT’S   HAPPENING  IN     VICTORIA?   2  

Revised  VCE  science  studies  -­‐  6melines   Page  12  of  the  November  2014  VCAA  BulleDn  includes  the   following  informaDon:   Publica6on  of  VCE  study  designs  for  implementa6on  in   2015  and  2016     •  The  revised  and  new  VCE  study  designs  for  implementaDon  in  2015   and  2016  will  be  published  progressively     •  Studies  for  implementaDon  in  2016:    Biology;  Chemistry;   Environmental  Science;  Psychology;  Physics  

This  informaDon  may  be  ambiguous:  The  VCAA  Board  meet   in  December  2014,  at  which  Dme  a  decision  regarding  full  or   staged  implementaDon  will  be  made.  Schools  will  be   informed  of  the  Board’s  decision  via    a  subsequent  BulleDn.   3  

Revised  VCE  science  studies  -­‐  6melines     •  All  VCE  science  studies  (Biology,  Chemistry,   Environmental  Science,  Physics  and  Psychology)  have   been  revised  and  are  pending  VCAA  curriculum   commiXee,  followed  by  VCAA  Board  approval   •  The  VCAA  Board  will  also  make  a  decision  about  full   or  staged  implementaDon     •  If  approved  by  the  VCAA  Board,  the  study  designs   will  proceed  to  the  VQA  for  approval   •  Expected  online  publica6on  date,  assuming   approvals  granted,  is  January  2015   4  

VCE  sciences  –  review  –  consulta6on  (1  of  2)   The  VCE  science  study  designs  were  made  available  for   consultaDon  between  20  August  and  19  September  2014.       VCAA  consultaDon  responses     VCE Study Number of responses   Biology 24 Chemistry 83 Environmental Science 4 Physics 28 Psychology 62

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VCE  sciences  –  review  –  consulta6on  (2  of  2)   The  VCAA  are  appreciaDve  of  the  submissions  received  from  a   number  of  subject  associaDons,  teacher  professional  organisaDons   and  other  educaDonal  and  industry-­‐based  organisaDons  including:   •  Australian  InsDtute  of  Physics  (Vic  branch)  EducaDon  CommiXee   (organised  12  consultaDon  forums  across  the  state  involving  116   teachers)   •  The  Australian  Synchrotron   •  Chemistry  EducaDon  AssociaDon  (organised  18  consultaDve   meeDngs  involving  153  teachers  from  108  schools)   •  Victorian  AssociaDon  for  Environmental  EducaDon  (organised  a   cross-­‐state  focus  group  meeDng)   Independent  teacher  and  academic  reviewers  were  also  involved  in   the  process.   6  

   

WHATS   HAPPENING   NATIONALLY?   7  

Na6onal  Curriculum   The  Australian  Government  recently  released  two  documents:   •  Final  Report  of  the  Review  of  the  Australian  Curriculum   •  IniDal  Australian  Government  Response  to  the  Review  

www.studentsfirst.gov.au/review-­‐australian-­‐curriculum     The  Victorian  Minister  for  EducaDon  has  asked  the  VCAA  to  review   both  the  Report  and  the  Response.     As  a  result,  the  planned  release  of  the  second  iteraDon  of  AusVELS   will  be  delayed  unDl  2015.   For  VCE  science  studies,  reviews  are  proceeding  as  scheduled.  These   have  taken  into  account  earlier  Victorian  feedback  regarding   published  Australian  Curriculum  senior  science  subjects   8  

AusVELS  Years  F-­‐10   •  In  2015,  schools  should  conDnue  to  use  the  advice   provided  in  the  F-­‐10  Curriculum  Planning  and   ReporDng  Guidelines  available  on  the  VCAA  website.   •  Consistent  with  previous  advice,  in  2015  schools  will   have  the  opDon  to  use  AusVELS  for  whole  school   curriculum  planning  and  implementaDon.     •  The  first  year  of  required  full  implementaDon  of  the   fully  revised  curriculum  will  conDnue  to  be  2017.   Further  info:  NoDce  to  schools  124/2014  –  October  2014   9  

Australian  Curriculum  Review:  F-­‐6  science   Review  undertaken  by  Professor  Ken  Wiltshire  and  Dr  Kevin  Donnelly   Main  findings:     •  F-­‐6  curriculum:  considerably  overcrowded  due  to  inappropriate   imposiDon  of  high-­‐level  disciplines  (Biology/Chem/Earth  &   Environmental  Science/Physics)  to  lower  years   •  FormaDve  years  should  be  dominated  by  core  literacy,  numeracy,   social  and  physical  development   •  SuggesDon  that  science  instrucDon  begin  in  Year  3  with  one  hour   per  week,  increasing  by  one  hour  per  year  up  to  Year  6   •  The  six  overarching  ideas  (maXer  &energy;  scale  and   measurement;  form  &  funcDon;  paXerns,  order  &  organisaDon;   stability  &  change;  and  systems)  are  not  used  much  in  a   substanDve  part  of  the  document   10  

Australian  Curriculum  Review:  7-­‐10  science   Review  undertaken  by  Professor  Ken  Wiltshire  and  Dr  Kevin  Donnelly   Main  findings:  

•  Years  7-­‐10  curriculum  generally  robust   •  Support  for  the  three  interrelated  strands  (Science   Understanding;  Science  as  a  Human  Endeavour;  Science   Inquiry  Skills)   •  Some  omissions   •  Some  sequencing  issues   •  Not  all  general  capabiliDes  apply  to  science   •  Only  ‘sustainability’  has  obvious  science  links   11  

Australian  Curriculum  Review:  senior  sciences   science   Subject Main points Biology

•  Rigour is very good and covers most elements, though does not include reproductive biology •  Clarity required as to extent of teaching expected from the ‘science understanding’ strand descriptors

Chemistry

•  Overall ideas logical and well sequenced •  Some ‘holes’ in academic rigour, balance and sequencing in units, especially Units 1 and 2

Earth and Environmental Science

•  Vastly different from the VCE Environmental Science course •  Multi-disciplinary approach •  Sequence and scope well developed

Physics

•  •  •  •  • 

Academic rigour is good Three strands not useful Inconsistent usage of notation Inclusion of Standard Model section is a concern Achievement standards should be ignored 12  

Assessment   “  …  the  fundamental  purpose  of  assessment  is  to   establish  where  learners  are  in  their  learning  at  the   6me  of  assessment.”  

 

 (Geoff  N.  Masters.  “Reforming  EducaDonal  Assessment:  

ImperaDves,  principles  and  challenges"  Australian  Educa6on  Review.  2013:  5-­‐6)  

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SWOT  analysis  –  VCE  science  examina6ons  

What  should   future  VCE   examinaDons   look  like?     Note  that  a  re-­‐introducDon  of  mid  year  examinaDons  is  not  under  consideraDon.   14  

Where  can  I  find  AusVELS?  

VCAA  websites  

 

Curriculum  website:   hXp://ausvels.vcaa.vic.edu.au/     Resources  and  implementaDon  support   website:   hXp://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/ foundaDon10/curriculum/index.aspx  

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Contacts  

Maria  James   Curriculum  Manager,  Science   Email:  [email protected]   Telephone:  9032  1722  

 

Lore\e  Dobb   Email:  [email protected]   Telephone:  9032  1605    

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