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Arresting the decline in senior school chemistry

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kieran LimKieran Lim
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.

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Journal

Chemistry in Australia

Volume

2012

Issue

March

Pagination

40 - 40

Publisher

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Location

Melbourne, Vic

ISSN

0314-4240

eISSN

1839-2539

Language

eng

Publication classification

C4 Letter or note

Copyright notice

2012, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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DU:30041545

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