Hanley, Pam, Osborne, Jonathan and Ratcliffe, Mary
Teaching twenty first century science
School Science Review, 90, (330), .
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This evaluation of a pilot GCSE course designed to enhance scientific literacy focuses on teaching ‘how science works’: how it relates to the ‘science explanations’ component and teachers’ and students’ reactions. A combination of research techniques (including observations, interviews and surveys) was used. The overall response was positive, but the findings suggest the need for more resources to promote inter-student collaboration; greater use of interactive techniques to elicit student contributions; and more explicit teaching of how to interpret texts. Professional development is needed through specific courses (e.g. on small group discussion) and collegial support by developing communities to share practice.
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