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Hollins, Martin – School Science Review, 2013
This article charts some of the most notable ways in which the science curriculum has changed over the past 50 years and identifies the influence of members of the Association for Science Education (ASE) in both projects and policy developments. The world is different from that of 50 years ago but there are continuing issues about the teaching,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change
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Weaving, Harriet; Whitehouse, Gillian – School Science Review, 2013
Analysis of international surveys on measured performance by students at various levels is often used by the media to indicate that education in Britain is not as good as it should be. However, this article (which is confined to science in England) shows that, although England might not win the league, it is certainly a dependable member of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Science Education, Surveys
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Oversby, John; McGregor, Deb – Education in Science, 2012
Construction of science education policy is, for most practising educators, somewhat shrouded in mist. Policies are currently conveyed by the present Secretary of State with responsibility for education through presentations of governmental papers and curricular documents. While it may seem strange that a politician can be elected one day, and…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Evidence, Science Education, Values
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Brown, Margaret – Curriculum Journal, 2011
Inferences from recent international comparative data on mathematical attainment, frequently quoted as justification for curriculum change, are critically examined, and the implications are contrasted with expressed curricular aims. Using characterisations by Ball (1990) and Ernest (1991), positions of key actors are analysed in relation to…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Mathematics Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Cultural Background