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ERIC Number: EJ912579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
Creativity in the Science Curriculum: A Northern Ireland Perspective
McCune, Roger
Education in Science, n234 p11 Sep 2009
This article discusses the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum which will be fully implemented across all key stages by June 2010. The revision gives schools greater flexibility with statements of minimum entitlement for subject strands replacing detailed subject programmes of study. Teachers are encouraged to promote a cross-curricular approach through the requirement for all subjects to contribute to the development of specified skills and capabilities. These include a focus on: communication, using mathematics, ICT, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as developing young people's ability to be creative, work in teams and manage their own learning. There are two aspects of creativity, which are fundamental aspects of science teaching and learning: (1) creativity as a part of "thinking processes"--generating ideas, questions, hypotheses, alternatives and connections--that are "new" for the young person; and (2) creativity as "product outcome"--the application of any of the thinking processes to achieve an end purpose, which is perceived to be of value by the young person and, in the context of assessment, by others. The minimum entitlement for science requires pupils to develop scientific knowledge and understanding related to aspects of: (1) "organisms and health"; (2) "chemical and materials' behaviour"; (3) "forces and energy"; and (4) "the Earth and the Universe". Pupils are also required to develop skills in scientific enquiry, which imply a creative dimension, and the safe use of equipment in practical activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)