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ERIC Number: EJ998614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
At the Crossroads: The Impact of New Irish Science Curricula on First Year Post-Primary Students
Varley, Janet Penelope; Murphy, Cliona; Veale, Orlaith
Research in Science Education, v43 n1 p275-298 Feb 2013
In Ireland, new science curricula were introduced at primary and early post-primary levels in 2003, in an effort to reverse declining interest and enrolment in science. This paper reports on a national study that explored first year post-primary students' experiences of and attitudes towards school science under these new curricula. Data were gathered from 366 pupils using survey and case study approaches. Findings revealed broadly positive attitudes towards post-primary school science, especially the experimental work that is at the heart of the new curriculum. However, it would appear that students were not conducting open-ended investigations or using information and communications technology [ICT] to any great extent; moreover, there was some evidence of traditional teaching methods being utilised. Pupils were highly critical of previous primary school science experiences, reporting a lack of "hands-on" activities, didactic methodologies and, for a significant minority, a paucity of any memorable primary science at all. Improvements in curricular implementation are proposed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland