Is it only in Biology that teachers feel students are arriving somewhat under-prepared for success?
That is the question I investigated today.
If it is ONLY in Biology that students are arriving with gaps in their expected knowledge then perhaps it is just the "wonderful world" and "genetics" topics in Year 9 and 10 that I need to improve cultural visibility and responsiveness in!
I surveyed the teachers of senior science at Tamaki College to find out (my responses are also included):
Teachers thought students were roughly about half as prepared as they need to be.
Teachers thought the current junior curriculum is only halfway preparing our senior students for success in NCEA, which indicates massive room for improvement based off professional judgement.
Specific topics that could do with improving included atomic structure, names and properties of acids and bases and genetics, along with skills that can be applied across all the sciences such as graphing, problem solving, researching, writing reports, and making scientific drawings.