Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education

Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education

Discussion and conclusions about the essential understanding in science that all students should acquire during the compulsory years of school.

Working with Big Ideas of Science Education 

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.

Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education

In this report, a group of scientists, engineers and science educators set out ten principles underpinning the science education of all students. They argue that students should be helped to develop the ‘big ideas’ of science to enable them to understand the scientific aspects of the world around them and make informed decisions about the applications of science. This publication is now widely disseminated for science educators in Europe and beyond.

Big Ideas