Author(s): Anne Wignall & Terry Wales
DoP 2008, NZ New Directions in Science combines simple, clear words and numerous visually-exciting diagrams and photographs to give all NCEA Level 1 students a clear view of the road ahead for Science and New Zealand in the 21st century. Regular So what? sections on the applications of science help students bridge the gap between their classroom lessons and situations they may meet in everyday life. Regular Skills sections give guidance in the specific skills they will need at this level (for example, graphing, doing calculations, laboratory techniques, balancing equations and growing microbes). New Directions in Science contains a large number of activities designed to build summary notes, develop and support understanding and give practice in examination-style questions - they make up approximately 25% of the book. Extension material (labelled E) is included for more able students. Fully-worked answers, indicating levels of achievement, are at the back of the book. Because practical work is an essential part of Science, a complete practical course is included in the student text too. New Directions in Science covers Level 6 Science, as stated in Science in the New Zealand Curriculum. It supports not only the NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards for Science, but also the Unit Standards relevant to this subject.