This book combines reports on and reflection of best practice in improving progression and continuity of teaching and learning in science — particularly at the crucial transition stage between primary and secondary school. Presenting the views of teachers and pupils on progression and learning in science, the book suggests practical ways of improving teaching and learning. Each chapter includes examples of learning materials with notes on how these might be used or adapted by teachers in their own classroom settings.

Moving up – but Why Don't They Always Move on?

Moving up – but why don't they always move on?

Chapter Overview

Key moments of transition and transfer in education are listed. Evidence for post-transfer regression from national test results in England is shown and critiqued. The explanations for this regression and why it is particularly bad in science are reviewed from the teacher's perspective and from what research has to say. Results of school surveys show changing emphases on actions to address post-transfer regression.

As in life generally so it is in education. In life we go through moments of transition that sometimes result in disruption and maybe, even, relative dysfunction. Growing up and physiological changes associated with puberty and later the menopause are things we cannot ...

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