Reports from pilot centres in Reading, Oxford, and Bristol
Here are some reports on the first and second years of the pilot courses.
What students most like about Twenty First Century Science is its relevance to everyday life, and the chance to discuss current issues. I really enjoy having heated discussions with the students.
We really value the support from York, Nuffield, and OCR, and the exciting resources.
The big changes from the course we were doing are that students find it more relevant, and there's more ICT.
The greatest challenge has been the needs of staff, and fitting it all in.
What students liked most about 21st Century Science was ICT-based exercises and new practical activities such as analysing exhaust emissions (this is in Air quality).
The big changes from the course we were doing are the greater emphasis on considering the quality of data, and inferences which can be drawn from it. Dedicated ICT support!
The greatest challenge has been the structure of the materials, integrating activities, scheme of work and further guidance, and deciding what to use (and how) within the time available.
Links with outside agencies have proved stimulating and valuable to students. There’s much scope for extending this.