Eight Year Olds not Interested in Science, Study Finds

Science in the kitchen tuitionEducationalists in Ireland have found that students lose interest in science as early as eight and it is almost impossible to stimulate that interest in students as they grow older.

This trend maybe a problem world wide as students in the US and Canada are also loosing interest in the sciences and math.  Currently in Canada, high school students are switching from the science stream to an arts stream because they are either not interested in the sciences or find them too difficult.

Dr Anne Looney, chief executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in Ireland believes that young students, especially 10 year olds, must be stimulated to main and/or develop an interest in the sciences and maths.  It is believed that a more inquiry based and problem-solving approach to teaching the maths and sciences should be used to encourage and maintain an interest in these subjects.

Science and math are all around us; and parents and educators need to incorporate these everyday events and factors that are science and math saturated.  For example, math is in the kitchen.  Every time we bake a cake, we use math to measure the ingredients.  Every time we light a match to start a gas stove, we are enacting the theory of thermodynamics.  When we look at the stars at night, we are engaged in scientific discovery and wonderment.  We must take math and science out of the classroom and into the world where a child can see math and science in action.

Then a student needs to solve problems and experiment; he/she needs challenges to develop a love for learning and for incorporating into his mental framework those facts discovered from the problem or experiment.  We need to take students away from dry facts, rote learning, memorising and give them a taste for science and math in life – out in the real world where they are part of nature, part of our daily living.  It is then that the sciences and maths will retain their flavour.

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