Anecdote, opinion and whim: lessons in curriculum development from primary science education in England and Wales


Sharp, John G. and Grace, Marcus (2004) Anecdote, opinion and whim: lessons in curriculum development from primary science education in England and Wales. Research Papers in Education, 19, (3), 293-321. (doi:10.1080/0267152042000247981).

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On 1 August 1989, the introduction of a National Curriculum of subjects to all maintained schools throughout England and Wales brought compulsory science education into the primary sector for the first time. As a direct result of its elevated profile and an immense amount of hard work and effort by teachers and other professionals responding to requirements, science education provision benefited enormously. Despite this, however, successive overhauls and radical revisions of primary science have brought about many questionable changes, some not necessarily for the better or resulting in improvement. This article presents a critical, analytical and personal review of the history and development of science in the primary school and draws attention to the need for care at times when classroom practices and expectations are driven by national science curricula that remain to be fully informed. Astronomy is used to contextualize some of the changes at their most extreme.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0267-1522 (print)
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Keywords: Primary science, curriculum reform, astronomy education, national curriculum, science, curriculum development
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 41005
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:26
Contact Email Address: mmg1@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41005

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