This programme aims to give students the academic and practical skills they need to develop a critical understanding of the role of science education, research and communication in society. Certainly most educators remain committed to the model of relying on the science found in textbooks, state curriculum frameworks, and standards documents. They are committed in spite of the research evidence that highlights the advantages of new approaches to learning and new ways of measuring learning and understanding. Humans tend to resist change-even when they know it will occur. It is sad that science educators do not lead in the attack on the unchanging curriculum and lack of attention and use of the new information on how humans learn.
We also know that only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career.Â Even among those who do go on to pursue a college major in the STEM fields, only about half choose to work in a related career. The United States is falling behind internationally, ranking 29th in math and 22nd in science among industrialized nations. What’s more, a recent survey revealed that only 29 percent of Americans rated this country’s K-12 education in STEM subjects as above average or the best in the world. In our competitive global economy, this situation is unacceptable.
Kids usually form a basic opinion about the sciences shortly after beginning school. If this is a negative opinion, it can be hard to engage those students in science as they grow older. Engaging young students with exciting material and experiences motivates them to learn and pursue the sciences throughout school. Building scientific understanding in the general public requires understanding of the motivations and interests that bring people to science.
With a Bachelor’s degree in education science you learn to work and think in a multidisciplinary way. This enables you to act professionally in the field between people, organisations and society. You acquire a broad understanding of the entire field of education and are able to analyse the roles played by learning, education and pedagogics in schools, businesses and political institutions. You also gain an insight into how the knowledge society functions, and how best to manage an organisation and supervise the people it employs.
We’ll help to change the culture of professional development in UK schools, through funding science-related professional development for teachers, and using our research to show the benefits of training. Our aim is for all teachers to regularly access professional development, with 100% of secondary schools and 22% of primary schools benefitting from training at the National STEM Learning Centre by 2023.