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School Science Review number 352

Number 352 - March 2014

Contents Article
1 Contents
5 Theme Editorial: Perspectives on the science curriculum - Andrew Hunt
9 You must be a member to download this article What place does science have in an aims-based curriculum?

Michael J. Reiss

School science should contribute to human flourishing.

15 You must be a member to download this article Designing a science curriculum fit for purpose

Robin Millar

To meet the varied needs of students, the science curriculum needs to address both the things that make us different and the things that we need to hold in common.

21 Progress in science education? The revised National Curriculum for 2014

Tim Oates

Implications for the new National Curriculum for England of an approach to curriculum change that aims to cover fewer things in greater depth, while focusing on concepts, principles, fundamental operations and core knowledge.

30 The ‘Curriculum for Excellence’: a major change for Scottish science education

Sally Brown

This article introduces the Scottish ‘Curriculum for Excellence’, with associated new National Qualifications for young people aged 3–18 years; the innovative characteristics of the reforms and the challenges they face are discussed.

37 You must be a member to download this article The philosophy and structure of the curriculum in university technical colleges

Sir Mike Tomlinson

University technical colleges (UTCs) are a new type of school for 14- to 18-year-olds, offering rigorous technical education delivered in partnership with employers and higher education, and underpinned by a broad general education.

43 You must be a member to download this article What should be in the biology curriculum?

Ottoline Leyser

The biology curriculum should focus less on current understanding and more on how we arrived at it.

46 You must be a member to download this article Thinking like a physicist: design criteria for a physics curriculum

Peter Main

The idea of a physics curriculum defined by content is challenged in favour of a curriculum based on the skills and ways of thinking that define what it is to be a physicist.

53 You must be a member to download this article Teaching critical thinking? New directions in science education

Jonathan Osborne

Opportunities to engage in critique, argumentation and questioning not only help build students’ understanding of science but also develop their ability to reason scientifically.

63 You must be a member to download this article The contribution of practical work to the science curriculum

Richard Needham

Good practical work is intrinsic to good science teaching, but which practical work is good, and what can be done to make it better?

71 You must be a member to download this article Developing confidence in practical science activities in novice teachers: policy, practice and the implementation gap

Bernadette Youens, Jules Gordon and Len Newton

We examine the confidence beginning teachers have in their practical skills and what impact this has on a broad and creative approach to practical work in science lessons in secondary schools.

81 You must be a member to download this article Connecting science with mathematics: thinking outside the toolbox

Geoff Wake and Len Newton

Exploring how we might take a new approach to connecting science learning with mathematics with reference to the outcomes of a number of European projects involving an inquiry-based learning
approach.

89 You must be a member to download this article An evidence-based approach to introductory chemistry

Philip Johnson

Why a fundamental redesign of the introductory chemistry curriculum is needed.

99 You must be a member to download this article Using a backward design approach to embed assessment in teaching

Mary Whitehouse

Thinking first about the questions and tasks that will provide evidence of learning during a lesson helps focus the teaching on the intended learning outcomes.

105 You must be a member to download this article An issues- and concepts-based curriculum: teaching about climate change

Keith Ross

Climate change – a vehicle for teaching scientific ideas or a rationale for teaching science at secondary level? The National Curriculum topics are converted into a teaching sequence.

112 You must be a member to download this article ‘I like science but it’s not for me’: the need to improve STEM careers education

Louise Archer and Anthony Tomei

The evidence that integrating awareness of STEM careers into mainstream science teaching can help students’ engagement and understanding justifies exploring the idea, initially on a pilot basis.

119 You must be a member to download this article Helping young people engage with scientists

Maggie Leggett and Kathy Sykes

Why engage with scientists? We explore the value and inspiration this can bring to young people, scientists and teachers, along with the risks, highlighting how teachers can increase and improve interactions.

126 Teachers’ experiences of science curriculum reform

Jim Ryder, Indira Banner and Matt Homer

A three-year study reveals the wide range of factors that impact on teachers’ experiences of curriculum reform and considers the implications for future science curriculum reforms.

131 You must be a member to download this article Reviews

Reviews of these latest publications:
Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures Ross Piper
Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory Charles Fernyhough
What is Chemistry? Peter Atkins
A Little Book About Big Chemistry: The Story of Man-Made Polymers Jim Massy
Fifty Machines that Changed the Course of History Eric Chaline
Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History Eric Chaline
Star Chambers: The Race for Fusion Power Melanie Windridge
Physics: An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science Tom Jackson
Nothing Ed. Jeremy Webb
The Case for STEM Education: Challenges and Opportunities Rodger W. Bybee
Teaching the Nature of Science: Perspectives and Resources Douglas Allchin
Are We Being Watched? The Search for Life in the Cosmos Paul Murdin
The Social Neuroscience of Education Louis Cozolino

139 You must be a member to download this article Science app reviews

The latest app reviews for science teachers:
Biochemistry is FUN (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Free)
The Physiology of the Respiratory System (Taimma Communications Inc. iPad. Free for lite version, £6.99 for advanced)
Nature ENCODE (Nature Publishing Group iPad. Free)
Click and Learn (Howard Hughes Medical Institute iPad and iPhone. Free)

141 You must be a member to download this article Science websearch

Check out ASE rated science websites that you might find useful for planning or in the classroom.

144 You must be a member to download this article Special issues and index