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Validity and worth in the science curriculum: learning school science outside the laboratory

Braund, Martin and Reiss, Michael (2006) Validity and worth in the science curriculum: learning school science outside the laboratory. The Curriculum Journal, 17. pp. 213-228. ISSN 0958-5176

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Abstract

It is widely acknowledged that there are problems with school science in many developed countries of the world. Such problems manifest themselves in a progressive decline in pupil enthusiasm for school science across the secondary age range and the fact that fewer students are choosing to study the physical sciences at higher levels and as careers. Responses to these developments have included proposals to reform the curriculum, pedagogy and the nature of pupil discussion in science lessons. We support such changes but argue from a consideration of the aims of science education that secondary school science is too rooted in the science laboratory; substantially greater use needs to be made of out-of-school sites for the teaching of science. Such usage should result in a school science education that is more valid and more motivating and is better at fulfilling defensible aims of school science education. Our contention is that laboratory-based school science teaching needs to be complemented by out-of-school science learning that draws on the actual world (e.g. through fieldtrips), the presented world (e.g. in science centres, botanic gardens, zoos and science museums) and the virtual worlds that are increasingly available through information and communications technologies (ICT).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Braund, Martin and Reiss, Michael (2006) Validity and worth in the science curriculum: learning school science outside the laboratory. Curriculum Journal, 17 (3). pp. 213-228. Curriculum Journal is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/09585170600909662
Controlled Keywords: out-of-school science; authenticity; museums; fieldtrips; curriculum aims
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: Katie Mooney
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2009 13:45
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:55
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/453

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