The previous page, Strand 1: What is Science?, considered the nature of Science. The aim of a Science education, therefore, should be to pass these methods and conclusions of Science on to the next generation.
|Every child has the right to:
The aims of a Science education for all (from age 11 to 16) are:
- to excite and enthuse children with a sense of awe and wonder at the natural world.
- to develop an appreciation of how science has contributed to the historical and cultural development of our society.
- to give practical experience of how scientists make observations of the natural world, come up with hypotheses and do experiments to obtain evidence to support or disprove these hypotheses.
- to cause children to understand the importance of evidence when making decisions and to be able to judge whether the claims of the media, advertisers, politicians, journalists, etc, are evidence-based and reliable.
- to give pupils enough evidence-based knowledge to be able to make informed personal judgements in order to lead healthy, safe, comfortable and environmentally sustainable lives.
- to develop awareness of the conclusions of important scientific theories in a concrete and accessible way.
Some young people must also be prepared for possible future science-based study and careers:
|Every child who both has the ability and wants to take science at A-level or who wants the chance to follow a science-based career has the right to:
Additional aims of a Science education for future scientists/doctors/engineers/etc are:
- to develop pupils' understanding and experience of the scientific method, to understand its value and limits, and to enable them to apply the method.
- to be proficient at practical work, use of scientific equipment and appropriate maths.
- to know, understand at an abstract level, and be able to apply important scientific theories.
- to have a sufficiently wide knowledge of the 'facts' that science has collected together to be able to progress to study science subjects at A-level
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