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#ASEchat 123 Part 1 Britain's scientific reputation and teachers

Is Britain's scientific reputation safe in the hands of current science teaching? with @viciascience

21 October 2013

The outcome from the discussion was that we are doing something right, but probably need to do more. Helen reported that she has students from the Far East who come to the UK to study science A levels because they get an opportunity to do practical work which is not available in their own country. However there was a strong feeling that our A level science courses do not provide students with the skills and knowledge they need for industry. The dwindling availability of applied courses at GCSE and A level was noted with sadness by some teachers, as was the linking of applied courses with only the less able students. Current trends at GCSE and A level emphasise the importance of defined science disciplines, and emphasise the academic route from school to science undergraduate course at a cost to the student majority for whom this is not their chosen career path.

Top tweets

@LornaMonroe - most definitely A level courses don't provide industry with the required skills and knowledge 

@hrogerson - I do feel massively under pressure to produce the scientists of the future. Do other teachers feel the same way? 

@Mr_D_Cheng - Do our degrees provide the skills and knowledge industry want? Goves new curriculum will not produce innovative thinkers. 

Links 

@DrSteveEvans - @RSC_EiC: A-level science for 2015 - independent review published http://rsc.li/180CLXe

@NeedhamL56 - sorry I was looking for this link to @wellcometrust infographic about science educ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcome_trust/8746055282/