Teaching of science must be far more sophisticated
DONAGH BUCKLEYhttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opi ... 05728.html
Teaching quality is integral to boosting interest and building proficiency in maths and science. More hours should be allocated for maths competency in teacher training courses for primary teachers
We must open a debate on whether we need to make a science subject compulsory in the Leaving Cert, or even create a new Leaving Cert subject called Applied Science with an industry focus in global growth areas such as IT, biotechnology and sustainable energy. It is worth considering an IT subject at Leaving Cert level similar to the A-Level in the UK. English, Irish, maths and a European language are required to get into most universities, so why not a science-based subject?
Part of the Government’s challenge is to demystify science, technology, engineering and maths – so-called Stem programmes – so the public is less inclined to categorise those who study them as a minority group with unique talents.
The last government brought in Project Maths – a pilot curriculum reform programme which teaches students about the practical application of maths concepts rather than just theory. The focus on more practical application is welcome, but there is a strong argument for starting the cycle in primary schools.
I think the last quote is important, I learnt math from application as it's a language in it's own right, english discriptive words mean nothing. Like integration or differentiation, I could do the math and understand it, but to try to explain it, outside of equations impossible. Like learning equations for Area and volume by heart in primary/secondary, before learning that simple calculus shows where these equations come from and how to derive them, in 3rd level.