Science Education in Primary School Years

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Biomolecular Sciences Degree Group Honours Project 2011-12

Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme
Access and provision of science in education

Dr Rob Aitken

Mahdi Islam

Matriculation number: 0807080
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Contents
Abstract ............................................................................................................................................... 3 Abbreviations ...................................................................................................................................... 4 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................ 5 Methods ............................................................................................................................................ 10 St. Patrick’s RC Primary School ..................................................................................................... 10 Genetics lesson plan: Charles Darwin and Evolution .................................................................... 13 Questionnaires .............................................................................................................................. 15 Results ............................................................................................................................................... 16 Charles Darwin and Evolution lesson............................................................................................ 16 Science teacher assisting .............................................................................................................. 17 Questionnaires .............................................................................................................................. 20 Discussion.......................................................................................................................................... 26 References ........................................................................................................................................ 29 Acknowledgements........................................................................................................................... 32 Appendix A – Charles Darwin and Evolution lesson ......................................................................... 33 Quiz ............................................................................................................................................... 33 Charles Darwin .............................................................................................................................. 33 Spot the difference ....................................................................................................................... 34 Habitation ..................................................................................................................................... 34 Did you know?............................................................................................................................... 35 Summary ....................................................................................................................................... 35 Appendix B – responses to questionnaires....................................................................................... 36 UAS students’ questionnaire ........................................................................................................ 36 Primary Education students’ questionnaire ................................................................................. 37

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Abstract
Science is a major part of the curriculum that will become more important as political discussions centre more on this area as in discussions on healthcare, energy and drugs. It is therefore important to educate the electorate in science in a way which equips them with the skill and knowledge to engage...
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