CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education)
Received a booklet from DS's new school and notice that CASE is employed alongside delivery of science curriculum.
Anyone had any experience of this? It sounds great!
CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education) is an intervention strategy which is a combination of curriculum and teaching method. The curriculum is designed to challenge children's present concepts of Science and present them with problems that they are unable to solve using their current strategies. The teaching method involves specific management of classes so that every child participates in constructing ideas while working on task in small groups, and then listens while these ideas are shared in whole-class discussion. There are opportunities for the teacher to challenge children's present concepts. As one teacher says "you're a teacher again".
Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education was a project funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council from September 1984 until August 1987. The project director was Michael Shayer and the full-time researchers were Philip Adey and Carolyn Yates. It was originally based at the Chelsea College Centre for Science and Mathematics Education in London. In 1985 Chelsea College and King's College merged and the work is now based at the Centre for Educational Studies, the School of Education at King's College. As part of the research a number of activities were devised and taught through science aimed at enhancing the pupils' thinking skills and so assist their learning as they progress through the school. . .
. . .Pupils taking part in the earlier trials showed a significant increase in understanding at the end of the programme and analysis showed that the CASE classes showed greater gains in reasoning ability at the end of the two years. Further the progress of the pupils was monitored as they carried on through the school towards GCSE examinations and the results of an analysis of these results showed that the pupils who had received CASE lessons obtained significantly higher grades than the pupils in the control group. This occurred not only in science but in maths and English.
Full Text: http://www.edu.dudley.gov.uk/science/CASE2.html