from The Open University
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
Life: PlantsFriday, 12th February 2016 10:00 - Eden EdenAs ingenious as any animal... Read more: Life: Plants
Life: PlantsFriday, 12th February 2016 16:00 - Eden Eden
More or Less: Selfies, sugar daddies, schoolchildren and public spendingFriday, 12th February 2016 16:30 - BBC Radio 4
Life: PlantsFriday, 12th February 2016 22:00 - Eden Eden
More or Less: Selfies, sugar daddies, schoolchildren and public spendingAvailable for over a yearMore or Less investigates selfies, tuition fee sugar daddies, school children's birthdays, public spending and... Read more: More or Less: Selfies, sugar daddies, schoolchildren and public spending
The London Markets: The Fruit And Veg Market: Inside New SpitafieldsAvailable until Sunday, 13th March 2016 00:40
The Bottom Line: Winter 2015-16: Customer ServiceAvailable for over a year
Thinking Allowed 2016: Consumerism, Work-life balanceAvailable for over a year
More or LessTim Harford presents BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics in the news. Read more: More or Less
OpenLearn Live: 11th February 2016The first king to unite Wales into a single kingdom; working with Richard Nixon; making love last... Read more: OpenLearn Live: 11th February 2016
Landschaftliche VielfaltGerman regions and landscapes, local traditions and the notion of Heimat are at the centre of... Try: Landschaftliche Vielfalt now
Succeed with maths – Part 1If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It... Try: Succeed with maths – Part 1 now
Providing an overview of current issues in UK science education, Changes in Science Education is a free course that examines what type of science the curriculum should cover and for what purpose. It will introduce you to the practical problems of delivering an effective science curriculum, touching upon particular questions at all three educational tiers - primary, secondary and tertiary.
After studying this unit, you should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of problems associated with defining the Nature of Science;
- write in an informed way about the purposes of compulsory science education;
- be aware of the educational complications and implications associated with the phrase ‘the public understanding of science’;
- show an ability to comment critically on curriculum proposals that aim to promote science citizenship/scientific literacy;
- provide examples of how specific scientific understanding might be used by lay individuals in a practical context;
- explain how the uses of the term ‘scientific models’ are variable and complex and the pedagogic implications of this;
- identify factors that have to date inhibited the wide-scale adoption of curricula geared to the needs of science citizenship;
- describe some of the practical problems associated with the introduction of science into the (England & Wales) primary National Curriculum;
- have a preliminary understanding of issues associated with the teaching of science at secondary level, especially practical work and problems of teacher support;
- distinguish (as far as is possible) between vocational and ‘academic’ approaches to science teaching and differences in outcomes.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Unit overview
- 2 What is science?
- 3 Problems of teaching the Nature of Science
- 4 Who is science education for?
- 5 Education for democracy?
- 6 The public understanding of science
- 7 A way ahead? – Beyond 2000
- 8 What are the chances that scientific literacy will prevail?
- 9 Evidence of progress?
- 10 ‘Science for all?’ A look at some contexts
- 11 Primary science
- 12 Science in secondary schools
- 13 Post-compulsory science education
- 14 Final thoughts
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Changes in Science Education
This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course
This unit provides an account of the major developments in the planning and delivery of the school science curriculum in the UK in a succinct and approachable way. The unit was written in 2003 and although there have been a number of developments in the teaching of school science since that time, in particular the introduction of new science courses at GCSE level and beyond, the thinking behind such innovations is outlined in what follows, as it describes the transition between traditional and new style curricula.
This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course Contemporary issues in science learning (SEH806)
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Tuesday, 31st May 2011
Last updated on: Tuesday, 19th July 2011
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements and our FAQs section.
- This site has Copy Reuse Tracking enabled - see our FAQs for more information.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.
All our alternative formats are free for you to download, for more information about the different formats we offer please see our FAQs. The most frequently used are Word (for accessibility), PDF (for print) and ePub and Kindle to download to eReaders*.
*Please note you will need an ePub and Mobi reader for these formats.