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Achievement objective NOS 8-3

Students will:

  • use accepted science knowledge, vocabulary, symbols, and conventions when evaluating accounts of the natural world and consider the wider implications of the methods of communication and/or representation employed.

Indicators

  • Reads and interprets a range of information on a scientific phenomenon; presents a report on the phenomenon that clarifies the scientific concepts for lay people while maintaining the integrity of scientific vocabulary, conventions, and symbols.
  • Studies a number of articles on a scientific issue and evaluates the validity of the claims made; summarises these, showing understanding of the scientific concepts and making connections to current scientific theories, using appropriate scientific language and conventions.

Possible context elaborations

  • Relationships within a New Zealand subtropical rainforest ecosystem: explain the concepts for lay people while maintaining the integrity of scientific vocabulary, conventions, and symbols.
  • Traditional medicinal remedies (for example, Māori and Chinese medicines and old English cures): the chemistry behind these and comparisons with modern pharmaceuticals used to treat similar illnesses (for example, eucalyptus ointment or a mustard poultice versus use of Strepsils to treat a cold).
  • Articles written by scientists on global warming: the claims made in each; summarise and relate to scientific theory, using appropriate scientific language and conventions.

Assessment for qualifications

At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

The NZQA subject-specific resources pages are very helpful. From there, you can find all the achievement standards and links to assessment resources, both internal and external.

Learn more:

Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 for use in 2012; level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

Last updated August 18, 2015



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