The Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish Science Education was formally launched at the RSE on 28th May 2012. A summary report of the launch event is available here.
The establishment of the Group has purposes arising from concerns about, and a need to contribute to, the major reforms in the delivery of science education in Scottish schools. It was recognised that while the member organisations are individually active in this area, it is likely that more can be achieved by a formal collaborative grouping that identifies, discusses and takes action on common issues.
The Group has the following three-fold remit:
Implicit in the Group’s remit is the intention to foster relationships, share events and provide advice to policy makers and other relevant bodies in co-operation with a broader range of science-related learned societies and professional associations.
Collaborative interdisciplinary learning is a major strand of Curriculum for Excellence. This has been important in terms of influencing the scope of the group and its membership. The Group currently comprises representatives from the:
- Royal Society of Chemistry
- Institute of Physics
- Society of Biology
- Association for Science Education
- British Computer Society
- Royal Society of Edinburgh
- Scottish Schools Education Research Centre
- Engineering Policy Group Scotland
The Group has established a connection with STEMEC, an independent group which has been formed to take forward work arising from the Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group (SEEAG) report. More details about this are available from here
In May 2013, the Group responded to the GTCS consultation on entry requirements to programmes of initial teacher education in Scotland. The response is available here.
In January 2014, the Group responded to Education Scotland's Curriculum Impact Update Report of 2013 on learning in the Sciences 3-18. The response is available here.
In collaboration with the STEMEC, the Learned Societies' Group has prioritised activity to embed interdisciplinary learning (IDL) more deeply within Scottish education. This includes bringing together senior representatives of organisations from across Scottish education to develop an action plan for IDL. As part of this process, a common statement on IDL has been published.
For further information about the work of the Learned Societies' Group on Scottish Science Education, contact William Hardie.