ERIC Number: EJ1063976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
ASE and the New National Curriculum Programme of...Study for Primary Science--Your Views "Were" Heard!
Education in Science, n254 p12-13 Nov 2013
The new National Curriculum Programme of Study for primary science in England includes most of the topics with which primary teachers are familiar. However, when looking at the science enquiry section, the changes are much more far-reaching. Science enquiry has been renamed as "working scientifically" and is integrated with developing children's ideas, where the purpose of working scientifically is for children to answer scientific questions. Very little detail is given in the Programme of Study of what working scientifically means in the classroom. Fortunately, the non-statutory notes and guidance is comprehensive and helpful, illustrating in detail what working scientifically might mean in each topic. The non-statutory guidance makes it clear that working scientifically is not just fair testing. The Association for Science Education (ASE) has presented the "It's Not Fair" project and the publication "It's Not Fair--or Is It?", which gives guidance and examples of other approaches, instead of testing. This project and publication is briefly discussed in this article.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Science Process Skills, Scientific Concepts, Evaluation Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Science Curriculum, Guides
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)