GCSE practical work in English secondary schools


Viswarajan, S. 2017. GCSE practical work in English secondary schools. Research in Teacher Education. 7 (2), pp. 15-21. https://doi.org/10.15123/PUB.7290
AuthorsViswarajan, S.

In England, the GCSE science curriculum has been undergoing major changes,
and the new school curriculum was implemented in September 2016. One of the
big changes is that the internal assessment of practical work no longer counts
towards the final GCSE science grade. It has been established that assessment
influences teaching, so non-contribution of practical work to the final grade may
dilute the funding for practical work conducted in schools, especially in GCSE
lessons. However, the GCSE science exam paper will now include questions on
practical work which may allow more lesson time to be devoted to discussion
of results and observations of practical work, an area of development identified
in previous studies. Discussions provide opportunities for learners to make links
between the practical task and the underlying conceptual knowledge, thereby
increasing the effectiveness of practical work. This article aims to explore the
range of literature available on the effectiveness of science practical work in
English secondary schools and consider the possible effects of the removal of
internal assessment of practical work from the GCSE curriculum.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Research in Teacher Education
Journal citation7 (2), pp. 15-21
PublisherUniversity of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15123/PUB.7290
Web address (URL)https://www.uel.ac.uk/schools/cass/research/research-in-teacher-education/volume-7-no-2-november-2017
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PrintNov 2017
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Deposited25 May 2018
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