Science by Doing is a comprehensive online science program for Years 7 to 10 available free to all Australian students and teachers and supported by award winning professional learning modules and a research based professional learning approach. The program provides a practical way of implementing the Australian Curriculum: Science. The curriculum units and professional learning modules are found within the website.
The purpose of Science by Doing is to improve science learning by:
- Better engaging high school students through a guided inquiry approach; and by
- Supporting teachers with relevant resources using innovative technology.
The program is funded by the Australian government through the Department of Education and Training.
The history and future of Science by Doing is described in the following outline that shows what has been and what will be done.
|Pilot||2007 - 8||Proof of concept of inquiry science learning in high schools|
|Stage One||2009 - 11||
Five professional learning modules
Foundation curriculum unit
Professional learning approach
|Stage two||2012 - 13||Eight online curriculum units|
|Stage Three||2013 - 16||
Final eight online curriculum units
Seven online professional learning modules
Implement state based professional learning approach
|Stage Four||2016 - 18||
Revision of curriculum units with student e-Notebook
Implement Teacher Education approach for universities
There are 16 curriculum units for years 7 to 10 plus an Introduction unit and a unit on open investigations. Science by Doing curriculum units are made of three distinct parts that work together to deliver rich learning experiences.
The three parts making up each curriculum unit are:
- Student Guide - designed as a reference for students. It contains instructions for each activity as well as stimulus questions and images.
- Student Digital - a web-based resource for students linked to the student guide. It includes interactive activities and video and audio clips.
- Teacher Guide - a comprehensive collection of teaching notes and information to assist teachers.
To learn more about the following aspects of Science by Doing, click the relevant link.