Each year at the Association for Science Education conference, there is a CERG presence, and this year our Chair, Dr Jane Essex gave a presentation entitled: How far has science education come since the Warnock report? What educational research tells us.
Slides for this talk are available to download at this link:
This lecture considered the shifts in thinking about inclusion that brought about the Warnock report, and explore what might have been expected in its wake. It described concurrent changes in the practice of science education and how these might have progressed to achieve a convergence of science education and inclusive education. The factors which have mitigated against such a convergence were considered before an account of the current situation. The lecture concluded by identifying the conceptual and curriculum changes which would render science a properly inclusive subject, and the potential benefits that such a re-positioning could bring.