News Concerns about Physics in the Australian Curriculum

Leanne Morgan

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Fear physics will travel a less difficult tangent
By: Cheryl Jones, Innovation Writer
From: The Australian
March 21, 2012

LEADING academics fear hard science will be softened in the upcoming national school physics curriculum, striking at a subject fundamental to innovation in fields ranging from telecommunications to bridge building.
They say the effect could ripple through the education system and put Australia at a disadvantage against its competitors in the enabling science.
Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/opinion/fear-physics-will-travel-a-less-difficult-tangent/story-e6frgcko-1226305565504
  • Are these genuine concerns?
 

Leanne Morgan

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I just came across the article below. It seems to be a contradiction of the above article. Does anyone have any thoughts about which article is the more accurate representation of the Australian Curriculum for senior physics?

New courses 'too tough to teach'
Bethany Hiatt Education Editor, The West Australian August 1, 2012, 6:00 am
WA science teachers have raised fears the proposed Year 11 and 12 national physics course is so packed with mathematics and theory it will be too difficult to teach.
"Any real understanding is beyond Year 12 (and most teachers)," the Science Teachers Association of WA said in feedback submitted to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
The submission said the final unit of the course was "too theoretical and mathematically based" and did not allow for investigative or practical physics.
Most of the mathematics required knowledge of calculus to be fully understood, it said, but many physics students did not do calculus.
Read more: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/14423662/new-courses-too-tough-to-teach/
 
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