The previous government’s major science strategy did not improve students’ learning outcomes, an evaluation shows.
The evaluation was made by the Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU). They found no change in students’ performance, motivation or interest in science, nor any change that can be measured in the use of exploratory working methods and teaching.
– The previous government’s major science strategy has not yielded expected results. It is a pity because we know that many students struggle with science, says Minister of Education Tonje Brenna (Labor).
She believes the strategy has not given the schools enough room for maneuver to create more varied, motivating and adapted teaching in the science subjects.
«Science municipalities» without result
A key part of the strategy was to put in place so-called “science municipalities”, which would invest extra in developing teaching in kindergartens and schools. However, no statistical differences have been found between these and other municipalities. The municipalities that have participated in the initiative still believe that they have benefited from it.
There has also been an increase in the proportion of teachers who meet competence requirements in mathematics, it is pointed out.
According to NIFU, the meager results can be put in context with the municipalities not knowing the strategy or everything they did not perceive the measures as relevant.
More than half of upper secondary school teachers stated that they had little or no knowledge of the scheme in a survey in 2020, five years after the strategy was implemented.
The general education in mathematics has failed
Right: – It takes time
Former Minister of Education Jan Tore Sanner, who is now the Conservative Party’s school policy spokesman, believes the strategy and other measures implemented by the Solberg government will yield results over time.
– All experience shows that it takes time to raise the level in subjects and subject areas. The evaluation must be used to strengthen a long-term commitment, he says VG.
He also criticizes the Labor-SP government for removing the four-requirement in math for teacher students.