Friday 18 August 2017

Katherine Donnelly: Getting the chemistry right with the sciences

Encouraging and supporting pupils to pursue STEM study at third-level requires whetting the appetites. Stock photo: GETTY
Encouraging and supporting pupils to pursue STEM study at third-level requires whetting the appetites. Stock photo: GETTY
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

What Leaving Certificate students in physics, chemistry and biology are studying today was shaped by curriculum advisers about 20 years ago.

Some things, like Boyle's Law, never change. On the other hand, there has been a veritable explosion in fields such as biotechnology in the past two decades.

The reforms promised in the teaching, learning and assessment of physics, chemistry and biology in Leaving Certificate classes are necessary and overdue.

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