Working with the Big Ideas of Science Education
Edited by Wynne Harlen
Published by the Science Education Programme (SEP) of IAP 2015
The purpose of this publication is to update the discussion and conclusions about the essential understanding in science that all students should acquire during the compulsory years of school. It follows five years after Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education was written in response to concerns that many students did not find their science education interesting or see it as relevant to their lives. This publications sets out the rationale for working towards big ideas and the implications of this for curriculum content, pedagogy, student assessment and teacher education.