United Kingdom

The Science Capital Teaching Approach: Engaging Students with Science, Promoting Social Justice

Source / author: 
UCL Institute of Education
Country: 
United Kingdom
Abstract: 

To help more—and more diverse—students engage with science, the science capital teaching approach builds on good teaching practice. Its key distinction is an explicit focus on recognising and valuing students’ existing science capital, whilst also helping them to build new science capital.

 

The approach works within any science curriculum. It is not a new set of materials and it does not mean a dilution of science ideas and concepts. Instead, it is a reflective framework that involves making small tweaks to existing practice so as to re-orientate science lessons in ways that can better connect with the reality of students’ lives and experiences.

 

The concept of science capital is a way of encapsulating all the science-related knowledge, attitudes, experiences and social contacts that an individual may have.

Research and Innovation Performance United Kingdom: Country Profile 2014

Source / author: 
European Commission
Country: 
United Kingdom
Abstract: 

The indicators in the report present a synthesis of research and innovation performance in the United Kingdom (UK). They relate knowledge investment and input to performance and economic output throughout the innovation cycle. They show thematic strengths in key technologies and also the high-tech and medium-tech contribution to the trade balance. The indicator on excellence in science and technology takes into consideration the quality of scientific production as well as technological development. The Innovation Output Indicator covers technological innovation, skills in knowledge-intensive activities, the competitiveness of knowledge-intensive goods and services, and the innovativeness of fast-growing enterprises, focusing on innovation output. The indicator on knowledge-intensity of the economy focuses on the economy’s sectoral composition and specialisation and shows the evolution of the weight of knowledge-intensive sectors and products.

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