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ERIC Number: ED539439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-10
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7053-1323-0
A Subject-Based Aspect Report on Provision in Scotland's Colleges by HM Inspectors on Behalf of the Scottish Funding Council: Life Sciences
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
The HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) publication, "External quality arrangements for Scotland's colleges, September 2008," specifies that HMIE will produce a number of subject aspect reports over the four years 2008-2012. These reports complement in a subject-specific context the generic evaluations of learning and teaching in HMIE's reports of colleges. College inspectors will monitor action towards implementation of these recommendations as part of their normal dialogue with colleges, and will wish to discuss issues arising from subject reports during annual engagement visits. In preparing this report, inspectors visited a sample of eight colleges, drew on the findings of published HMIE reviews of colleges, and examined other relevant publications and reports. They consulted with key stakeholders, including employers and professional bodies. This report evaluates college programmes within the life sciences curriculum area. Programmes covered by this report are offered at levels 4 to 8 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). These programmes provide education and training for an industry sector that is making an increasingly important contribution to Scotland's economy. This report recommends that colleges should: (1) support teaching staff to develop a broader range of teaching strategies and approaches that encourage more active learning and engage learners more fully; (2) improve learning and teaching approaches to involve learners more actively in planning and managing their own learning; (3) ensure that science laboratories and facilities are fit for purpose and reflect industry standards; and (4) improve success levels for learners on full-time science programmes through rigorous analysis of underlying reasons for low performance and implement measures of improvement. Appended are: (1) Colleges visited in fieldwork for this report; (2) Table 1: Life sciences programmes: Summary of data over three years; (3) Portraits of excellent practice; and (4) Glossary of terms. (Contains 1 table and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)