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ERIC Number: EJ912578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
How Science Works (HSW)
Roberts, Ros
Education in Science, n233 p30-31 Jun 2009
QCA specified that science should include "How Science Works" at Key Stage 4 (age 14-16) from 2006. Since then, different "versions" have been specified for inclusion from primary through to A-Level (Orrow-Whiting et al, 2007). HSW seems to act as an umbrella term for part of the curriculum that "focuses on the evidence to support or refute [science] ideas and theories." This emphasis on the central role of evidence in science, and its importance in underpinning HSW, is in contrast to the previous, much criticised, routinised custom and practice of performance in Sc1, wherein the predominant view of science was of lab-based "fair test" investigations contrived to illustrate ideas from the syllabus. There has been little time, since implementation in 2006, for the publication of empirical research into HSW in the classroom. This review therefore considers two different foci of research: (1) the academic and professional publications, which articulate and exemplify different curriculum emphases for HSW; and (2) other empirical research into teaching that may inform the practitioner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom