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Teaching twenty first century science

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JournalSchool Science review
DatePublished - 1 Sep 2008
Issue number330
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)105-112
Original languageUndefined/Unknown


This evaluation of a pilot GCSE course designed to enhance scientific literacy focuses on teaching 'how science works', how it relates to the 'science explanations' component and teachers' and students' reactions. A combination of research techniques (including observations, interviews and surveys) was used. The overall response was positive, but the findings suggest the need for more resources to promote inter-student collaboration; greater use of interactive techniques to elicit student contributions; and more explicit teaching of how to interpret texts. Professional development is needed through specific courses (e.g. on small group discussion) and collegial support by developing communities to share practice.

    Research areas

  • scientific literacy, how science works, science education

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