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ERIC Number: ED502838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 86
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8457-2651-5
Triple Science GCSEs: Strategies for Raising Attainment. GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Learning and Skills Network (NJ3)
This publication provides advice for schools exploring the possibility of introducing Triple Science GCSEs. It focuses on strategies for raising attainment generally but within the context of Triple Science. The document is split into six sections: The introduction, titled "Preparing to Implement Triple Science Courses," introduces some of the issues relating to the drive to develop Triple Science and includes a description of the content of the other sections, as well as a summary of the whole document. Section 1, "Teaching and Learning for Motivation and Understanding," looks at techniques for increasing involvement in students generally on the grounds that increased involvement leads to increased achievement. It looks at sources of motivation (intrinsic and extrinsic) and discusses a number of student-centered teaching techniques (including running discussion-based lessons). Section 2, "Assessment," provides a general background to issues current in assessment, including formative and summative assessment approaches and their relative benefits. It also looks at good practice for marking and feedback, and finishes with advice on choosing an appropriate science GCSE suite. Section 3, "Examination Techniques," is an essential guide for students sitting any examination, particularly those following Triple Science courses, and who typically require more time under examination conditions. Section 4, "School Policies and Strategies," discusses some of the issues that schools need to address when developing policies to support Triple Science students. The section deals with literacy, diversity, differentiation strategies and gifted and talented provision. Finally, Section 5, "Optimising the Results," is the teacher's equivalent of the student-focused Section 3. It looks at how a school can plan a teaching and learning strategy that from the first day of the Triple Science course works towards improved achievement at the end. Annexes contain: (1) LSN science publications; and (2) Triple Science Support Programme frequently asked questions. (Contains 16 tables and 4 figures.) [This report was authored by the Centre for Science Education.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Network
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom