Introduction to the Theme

  • Wynne Harlen
  • Pierre Léna
Part of the International Technology Education Studies book series (ITES, volume 9)


There is concern in many countries of the world and throughout Europe that there is a decline in young people’s interest in studying science, technology and mathematics (European Commission 2007, OECD 2008a). The blame for this state of affairs is laid mainly at the door of teaching methods which have presented science as being a matter of facts and theories that seem to have little relevance to students’ everyday lives. It is not surprising that alternative areas of study, in the arts and humanities for instance, appear more attractive to students living in a fastmoving, media-rich world.


Professional Development Primary School Science Education Small Idea Primary Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wynne Harlen
    • 1
  • Pierre Léna
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BristolUK
  2. 2.Université Paris DiderotFrance

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