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Watching the pendulum swing: Changes in the NSW physics curriculum and consequences for the discipline

Journal Article


Abstract


  • For the first time in 17 years, the Higher School Certificate (HSC), New South Wales'(NSW) flagship course that wraps up 13 years of schooling for around 76 000 students each year, is undergoing major changes. As part of the reforms, many courses will be rejuvenated, removed or newly created in an effort to reflect a changing world and workplace and to 'increase standards'[1]. In this article, we discuss the nature and consequences of these changes in terms of HSC physics specifically, whilst commenting more generally on how physicists can positively influence the science education space.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Georgiou, H. & Crook, S. (2017). Watching the pendulum swing: Changes in the NSW physics curriculum and consequences for the discipline. Australian Physics, 54 (6), 214-218.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85039923097

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 214

End Page


  • 218

Volume


  • 54

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • For the first time in 17 years, the Higher School Certificate (HSC), New South Wales'(NSW) flagship course that wraps up 13 years of schooling for around 76 000 students each year, is undergoing major changes. As part of the reforms, many courses will be rejuvenated, removed or newly created in an effort to reflect a changing world and workplace and to 'increase standards'[1]. In this article, we discuss the nature and consequences of these changes in terms of HSC physics specifically, whilst commenting more generally on how physicists can positively influence the science education space.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Georgiou, H. & Crook, S. (2017). Watching the pendulum swing: Changes in the NSW physics curriculum and consequences for the discipline. Australian Physics, 54 (6), 214-218.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85039923097

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 214

End Page


  • 218

Volume


  • 54

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Australia