Arresting the decline in senior school chemistry

Lim, Kieran F. 2012, Arresting the decline in senior school chemistry, Chemistry in Australia, vol. 2012, no. March, pp. 40-40.

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Title Arresting the decline in senior school chemistry
Author(s) Lim, Kieran F.
Journal name Chemistry in Australia
Volume number 2012
Issue number March
Start page 40
End page 40
Publisher Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0314-4240
1839-2539
Keyword(s) chemisty education
science education
Summary Enrolments in Australian Year 11 and year 12 chemistry are declining. In 1992, 23% of Australian year 12 students studied chemistry, decreasing to 18% in 2010. For science as a whole, the decrease is even more dramatic, from 94% to 51%. The decrease is slowing, but is continuing.
How should we respond to the report? Firstly, we should realise that it is not all gloom and doom. Secondly, education is not solely the responsibility of curriculum authorities and teachers. Each RACI member can communicate, inform and generally educate the wider community about the excitement and value of chemical science. Just a couple of hours of your time is not a panacea, but it can still make long-lasting impacts and affect career choices: even the largest beach consists of tiny individual grains of sand.
Language eng
Field of Research 130106 Secondary Education
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Related work DU:30041545
Copyright notice ©2012, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042848

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