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dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Lloyd
dc.contributor.authorRabbidge, Mary
dc.date.available2020-11-24T20:08:51Z
dc.date.copyright2020
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/10584
dc.description.abstractThe National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main form of assessment used in New Zealand secondary schools. This system promotes fragmentation of knowledge and does not align with the values of the New Zealand Curriculum, (NZC) that learning should not be confined by subject boundaries. There is evidence to suggest that integration of subject areas can improve NCEA achievement for students, and that use of stories in school science courses can enhance engagement. The aim of this research was to find out if science teachers are interested in using storytelling as a vehicle for learners to present their understanding in NCEA science courses, and what professional development is needed to help them do this. A mixed methods approach was employed, consisting of an online questionnaire distributed to NCEA science teachers in New Zealand and 13 semi-structured interviews with individual science teachers. I found that there is interest amongst the teaching community in storytelling for creative assessment but there are significant barriers to this, most commonly: unwillingness of other people, time constraints, and increased workload for both teachers and students. Teachers with previous experience in creative and/or cross-curricular assessment methods were more open to using storytelling techniques and less negatively impacted by potential barriers to these methods. Teachers identified collaboration with other teachers, ready-made resources, and time as their most pressing needs for implementation of creative assessment methods. These findings were used to inform the creative project of this thesis: two podcasting workshops for teachers and a website, www.laborastories.nz, providing resources, opportunities for collaboration, and advice for teachers interested in using storytelling for creative NCEA science assessment.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectScience Communication
dc.subjectNCEA
dc.subjectAssessment
dc.subjectTeacher Professional Development
dc.subjectNew Zealand Curriculum
dc.subjectCross-curricular
dc.subjectStorytelling
dc.titleLaborastories: Creative Assessment for NCEA Science
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2020-11-09T02:07:08Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineScience Communication
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science Communication
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.evidence.presentYes
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