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ERIC Number: EJ909745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Increasing Participation in Science beyond GCSE: The Impact of Twenty First Century Science
Millar, Robin
School Science Review, v91 n337 p67-73 Jun 2010
This article discusses the findings of a survey of centres using the "Twenty First Century Science" suite of GCSE courses, focusing on the impact of its introduction on the number of students beginning AS-level courses in the sciences. The data indicate increases of 24% to 38% in the numbers beginning AS-level courses in the three main sciences in 2008 in these centres. This provides striking evidence that GCSE courses which highlight the relevance of school science to out-of-school contexts and encourage discussion of socio-scientific issues, whilst also treating key theoretical ideas in the sciences in depth, increase student engagement and the numbers choosing to continue the study of science. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom