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ERIC Number: EJ784950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
A Novel Whiteheadean Science Program for 14-16 Year Olds in England and Wales
Akeroyd, Michael
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v38 n2 p167-173 Jun 2007
A novel "Whiteheadean" science program was initiated in England and Wales in September 2006. Following a critical House of Commons report in 2002, the government altered the National Curriculum targets and thus forced the Examination Boards to alter their specifications in order to come in line. Assessment at GCSE level (i.e., the 14-16 year cohort) was criticised for: a) failing to inspire students to continue with science, b) discouraging students from thinking for themselves, c) neglecting contemporary science, d) lacking flexibility, and e) making practical work into a tedious and dull activity. The British government has insisted that all pupils in state funded schools must know the names of some modern scientists and their work. They must discuss some current scientific problems. History and philosophy of science is included under the topic heading "How Science Works." In Chemistry these objectives have destroyed the traditional linear top-down sequential approach of teaching into an approach based more closely on Whiteheadean lines (cf., the ideas expressed in "The Aims of Education", 1926, Chapters 1-3)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)