The impact of year 6 parents evening and science induction days on student attitudes towards science lessons across the transfer from primary to secondary school

Norris, Stuart (2016) The impact of year 6 parents evening and science induction days on student attitudes towards science lessons across the transfer from primary to secondary school. In: International Conference New Perspectives In Science Education 5th Edition. Libreriauniversitaria.it, pp. 619-622. ISBN 9788862927055

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Abstract

The impact of both transfer between primary and secondary school and student negative attitudes’ towards learning has been highlighted as key factors for affecting student attainment within secondary education. Specifically in relation to the subject of science this has led in recent years to a reduction in the uptake of science and a potential shortage of educated and skilled individuals for the science and engineering sectors. In relation to transition research, one of the key over encompassing ideals is that of limiting the dip seen in student attitude when they leave primary to attend secondary school. Transfer from primary to secondary schools provides students challenges in liaisons, continuity and issues of language and socialisation. These results in transitional anxiety which is a factor that has been linked with reductions in attitude and fluctuating emotional states. A measure used to market the secondary school and to ease transitional anxiety is often that of the rising year 6 evening or induction days in which students are able to get a ‘taste’ of what it would be like to attend. Year 6 parents' evenings and induction days are mechanisms used by secondary schools to differentiate themselves from competitors whilst also aiding in the bridging of student transfer from primary to secondary school. Although it is well known that student attitude towards subjects like science decline over this period of time what is less well known is the impact year 6 parents evenings and induction days have on this phenomenon. This article summarises the known literature within this area before suggesting future research within this domain.

Keywords:Year 6 parents evening, Science induction days, Attitude towards science, Transfer, Transitional processes, Education, bmjconvert
Subjects:X Education > X320 Academic studies in Primary Education
X Education > X330 Academic studies in Secondary Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:22755
Deposited On:23 Mar 2016 13:36

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