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Impact of Children Challenging Industry. CIEC Promoting Science University of York Joy Parvin. Programme Aims. To enthuse children and their teachers about science.

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Impact of children challenging industry

Impact of Children

Challenging Industry

CIEC Promoting Science

University of York

Joy Parvin


Programme aims
Programme Aims

  • To enthuse children and their teachers about science.

  • To improve primary school children’s and their teachers’ perception of the science-based manufacturing industry and its relationship with science.

  • To improve teachers’ knowledge and confidence in teaching science, and the National Curriculum for science.



A potted history of cci
A potted history of CCI

  • 1994 MORI poll initiated discussions between CIEC and Durham-based chemical company owner

  • 1996-98 Pilot programme in County Durham

  • 2000 CCI launched in Liverpool, Teesside and Humber

  • 2001 Expansion across the North West, North East and West Yorkshire



Science in context
Science in context

Industrial story: water is transported by pipeline from a reservoir to an industrial site, used as cooling water and returned to the river.

Science: scientific enquiry, materials (for a water pipeline and sealants), filtration and heat exchange.


Classroom organisation
Classroom organisation

  • Personnel manager

  • Health & safety officer

  • Resources manager

  • Communications manager

They are all scientists



Professional development
Professional development

  • Advisory teacher in classroom

  • Whole staff CPD

  • Extensive websites

  • CCI folder

  • Teaching and learning materials


Research
Research

  • In-depth interviews

  • Detailed questionnaires

  • Drawings

  • Structured questionnaires




Short term impact on children s and attitudes methods
Short term impact on children’s and attitudes: Methods

  • Baseline data was collected from 264 children from 44 schools 2006-8

  • Follow up data was collected from 978 children from 163 schools


Examples of positive attitudes
Examples of positive attitudes

  • I like science

  • I’d like to be a scientist

  • Science is my favourite subject

  • Industry is useful

  • Industry is safe

  • Our lives would be worse off without industry

  • Scientists are important


Examples of negative attitudes
Examples of negative attitudes

Saying yes to:

  • Industry is dangerous

  • Industry causes pollution

    Saying no to:

  • Scientists are important

  • Scientists are important in industry

  • I could work in industry


Short term impact on children s enjoyment results 1
Short term impact on children’s enjoyment: Results 1

  • >90% of children stated that they enjoyed the challenges in the classroom and enjoyed learning about industry

  • 82% of children said that they enjoyed science more after the CCI project

“I enjoyed your lessons; you never knew what would come next. You made me like science more, as I never knew it was this exciting”



Medium term impact on children s enjoyment attitudes methods
Medium term impact on children’s enjoyment & attitudes: Methods

  • Data was collected from children from 44 primary schools in 1996-8

  • 5 years on in 2002, data was collected from 90 pupils now aged 12 to 16 years


Medium term impact on children s attitudes to science industry results 1
Medium term impact on children’s Methodsattitudes to science & industry: Results 1

  • 70% of children remembered the site visit 5 years later

  • Nearly all children said CCI was enjoyable

  • Half of children stated that the CCI lessons had helped them in secondary school


Medium term impact on children s attitudes to science careers results 2
Medium term impact on children’s Methodsattitudes to science careers: Results 2

  • A third of pupils said they wanted to be a scientist

  • Pupils that remembered the site visit were nearly twice as likely to want a science career in the future

    (46% compared to 21%)

“We have never done anything quite as fun before as I think if you make children enjoy science they will remember it more”


Potential long term impact on children s attitudes
Potential long term impact on children’s attitudes Methods

These improved perceptions have the potential to lead to changes in behaviour in the future.

  • As a result of CCI, both girls and boys were more likely to say they would consider a career in industry

  • More girls said they would like to be a scientist as a result of CCI.

“I like it because I didn’t know a lot about science but now I know a lot more I love it!”


Impact on teachers perceptions
Impact on teachers’ perceptions Methods

Half the teachers were still using the CCI materials 5 years later

  • Positive effect on teaching methods

  • Increased children’s enthusiasm for science

  • Improved investigative skills

  • Relevant to the science curriculum

  • Interesting and useful.


Conclusions
Conclusions Methods

  • The Children Challenging Industry project has a proven long lasting positive impact on children’s views of science and industry

  • There is some evidence that CCI improves children’s knowledge of science and industry