ERIC Number: EJ1047873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0332 3315
Regaining Focus in Irish Junior Cycle Science: Potential New Directions for Curriculum and Assessment on Nature of Science
Erduran, Sibel; Dagher, Zoubeida R.
Irish Educational Studies, v33 n4 p335-350 2014
The Irish national discourse on curriculum and assessment reform at the Junior Cycle level has been fraught with controversy in the past two years. The introduction of the new curriculum and assessment framework in 2012 by the then Minister of Education, Ruairi Quinn has led to significant media coverage and teacher union response. In this paper, we argue that in the midst of the reaction toward the particular assessment elements of the framework, the focus has been lost on key revisions made in the draft science curriculum and assessment specification released in September 2014. A central aspect of the draft document released for consultation includes the introduction of a "Nature of Science" (NOS) theme intended to be an overarching feature of all science teaching and learning. We examine the coverage of NOS in the draft document and analyze it relative to a model of NOS developed in our recent book. Our analysis illustrates that the draft science curriculum and assessment specification for Junior Cycle incorporates contemporary research and aligns the Irish curriculum with most features of NOS, although some aspects need further development including the articulation of a nuanced model of NOS. We highlight some future directions for curriculum and assessment development for a comprehensive, coherent and holistic coverage of NOS in Junior Cycle Science in Ireland.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, National Curriculum, Secondary School Science, Alignment (Education), Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Evaluation Methods, National Standards, Scientific Concepts, Science and Society
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland