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Increasing participation in science beyond GCSE: The impact of Twenty First Century Science

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JournalSchool Science Review
DatePublished - 2010
Issue number337
Volume91
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)67-73
Original languageEnglish

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This article discusses the findings of a survey of centres using the Twenty First Century Science suite of GCSE courses, focusing on the impact of its introduction on the number of students beginning AS-level courses in the sciences. The data indicate increases of 24% to 38% in the numbers beginning AS-level courses in the three main sciences in 2008 in these centres. This provides striking evidence that GCSE courses which highlight the relevance of school science to out-of-school contexts and encourage discussion of socio-scientific issues, whilst also treating key theoretical ideas in the sciences in depth, increase student engagement and the numbers choosing to continue the study of science.

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