UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Validity and worth in the science curriculum: learning school science outside the laboratory

Braund, M; Reiss, M; (2006) Validity and worth in the science curriculum: learning school science outside the laboratory. The Curriculum Journal , 17 pp. 213-228. 10.1080/09585170600909662. Green open access

[img]
Preview
Text
Reiss2006Validity213.pdf - Accepted version

Download (149kB) | Preview

Abstract

It is widely acknowledged that there are problems with school science in many developed countries of the world. Such problems manifest themselves in a progressive decline in pupil enthusiasm for school science across the secondary age range and the fact that fewer students are choosing to study the physical sciences at higher levels and as careers. Responses to these developments have included proposals to reform the curriculum, pedagogy and the nature of pupil discussion in science lessons. We support such changes but argue from a consideration of the aims of science education that secondary school science is too rooted in the science laboratory; substantially greater use needs to be made of out-of-school sites for the teaching of science. Such usage should result in a school science education that is more valid and more motivating and is better at fulfilling defensible aims of school science education. Our contention is that laboratory-based school science teaching needs to be complemented by out-of-school science learning that draws on the actual world (e.g. through fieldtrips), the presented world (e.g. in science centres, botanic gardens, zoos and science museums) and the virtual worlds that are increasingly available through information and communications technologies (ICT).

Type: Article
Title: Validity and worth in the science curriculum: learning school science outside the laboratory
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09585170600909662
Additional information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Braund, Martin and Reiss, Michael (2006) Validity and worth in the science curriculum: learning school science outside the laboratory. Curriculum Journal, 17 (3). pp. 213-228. Curriculum Journal is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/09585170600909662
Keywords: out-of-school science; authenticity; museums; fieldtrips; curriculum aims
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1548277
Downloads since deposit
24Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item