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ERIC Number: EJ1120253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Endorsing the Practical Endorsement? OCR's Approach to Practical Assessment in Science A-Levels
Evans, Steve; Wade, Neil
School Science Review, v96 n357 p59-68 Jun 2015
This article summarises the practical requirements for new science A-levels in biology, chemistry and physics for first teaching from September 2015. It discusses the background to how the new approach was reached and how OCR has seen this taking shape in our assessment models. The opportunities presented by this new approach to practical assessment could, we feel, add value to practical teaching and learning within schools and colleges compared with current controlled assessment regimes. The importance and central nature of practical work is undisputed; this article focuses on the potential opportunities of a more holistic, teacher-led approach to development of essential practical skills during A-level science courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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