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NSW Syllabuses

Rationale

The Science Life Skills Stage 6 Syllabus rationale is consistent with the Investigating Science Stage 6 Syllabus rationale. The Investigating Science rationale is provided below. 

The Investigating Science Stage 6 Syllabus is designed to engage students of all abilities with scientific processes and have them apply those processes to investigate relevant personal, community and global scientific issues. 

The ongoing study of science and the specific Working Scientifically processes and their application have led humans to accumulate an evidence-based body of knowledge about human interactions – past, present and future – with the world and its galactic neighbourhood. The course is firmly focused on developing these skills, as they provide a foundation for students to value investigation, solve problems, develop and communicate evidence-based arguments, and make informed decisions. 

The course promotes active inquiry and explores key concepts, models and phenomena. It draws and builds on the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes gained in Science Stage 5. The course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the value of evidence-based investigations and the use of science-based inquiry in their lives. 

Investigating Science is designed to complement the study of the science disciplines by providing additional opportunities for students to investigate and develop an understanding of scientific concepts, their current and future uses, and their impacts on science and society. The course draws on and promotes interdisciplinary science by allowing students to investigate a wide range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related issues and concepts in depth. 

Investigating Science encourages the development of a range of capabilities and capacities that will enhance a student's ability to participate in all aspects of community life and within a fast-changing technological landscape. The knowledge, understanding and skills gained from this course are intended to support students' ongoing engagement with science, and to form the foundation for further studies and participation in current and emerging STEM-related post-school activities and industries.