ERIC Number: EJ1064492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
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A-Level Science--What Value Practical?
Education in Science, n257 p12-13 Sep 2014
The Qualifications Regulator in England (Ofqual) has decided that with the implementation of revised (linear) science specifications, first teaching from September 2015, the assessment of practical skills will not contribute to the overall qualification grade. This could have significant implications for post-16 science teaching. The decision was made by Ofqual in the light of issues identified with the current A-level science practical assessments. How science is taught and how young people are prepared for study at third level education is at stake. This article discusses the potential reprecussions of Ofqual's decision regarding the assessments not contributing to the overall qualification grade, as well as reactions from the science community.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Qualifications, Science Teachers, National Standards, Evaluation Methods, College Science, Educational Methods, Competence, Science Process Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Wales)