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13 Post-compulsory science education

In a speech to the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2001, the then UK Secretary of State for Education said:

Young people choosing vocational study will be able to see a ladder of progression that gives structure, purpose and expectation to their lives, in the same way that a future pathway is clear to those who leave school to gain academic A-levels and enter university. Over-16s in full-time education will be abl
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4 Who is science education for?

Our focus so far on defining the nature of science raises an equally problematic question – why teach the nature of science? That begs a yet more fundamental question about the purpose of science education overall, which is worth exploring in detail. The sociologist Harry Collins laments present practice:

We teach science for the benefit of potential scientists rather than to enable the vast majority of those who
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3.1.6 (F) Creativity

Pupils should appreciate that science is an activity that involves creativity and imagination as much as many other human activities and that some scientific ideas are enormous intellectual achievements. Scientists, as much as any other profession, are passionate and they (and their work) rely on inspiration and imagination.

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2.8 Relationship symbols

There are also symbols that show the relationship between numbers or quantities. Two common ones are = and , but there are several other symbols of this type.

Symbols indicating relationships include:

  • = means ‘equals’;


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