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ERIC Number: ED538231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7053-1152-6
Science: A Portrait of Current Practice in Scottish Schools
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
"Science: A portrait of current practice" is part of a series of portraits by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) which builds on the messages of the "Improving Scottish Education" report. This portrait reviews the extent to which current practice in science is successfully promoting the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence. The report shows that in many preschool centres and schools, children and young people already display some of the attributes, skills and capabilities of the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence. The pre-school centres and schools exemplified in this portrait highlight effective practice across Scotland. Inspection findings indicate there are many strengths in science education. Our children and young people benefit from an encouraging learning environment which promotes positive attitudes to science. Improvements being made to learners' experiences in science are developing aspects of their investigative and collaborative team workings skills well. Increasingly in science, the motivation of children and young people is being enhanced through partnership working and links with national and local science facilities. Such experiences are also developing well their citizenship skills and awareness of environmental issues and the impact of science on society. The science literacy results in the "2007 Scottish Survey of Achievement (SSA) Science, Science Literacy and Core Skills" are encouraging. They show that children and young people have the ability to apply their understanding of science to socially relevant contexts. Attainment remains strong in the early stages of primary school, and at Standard Grade, Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher levels across the separate sciences. Attainment at Intermediate 1 and Access 3 is improving. Commentary on Attainment in Science in Primary and Secondary Schools, Drawing on Evidence from Inspections 2004-2008 is appended. (Contains 9 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)