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Biotechnology and the relationship between university expectations and school provision

Gell, Eileen Ann (1989) Biotechnology and the relationship between university expectations and school provision. Masters thesis, Durham University.



The word ºbiotechnologyº has only come into general use since the publication of the Spinks Report in 1981. There has been uncertainty over its precise meaning, and controversy over the introduction of degree courses entitled ºBiotechnologyº which were first established in 1981. The thesis deals first with a definition of the term ºbiotechnologyº and then examines the development of biotechnology at British Universities between 1981 and 1986. By 1985, ten University degree courses were listed in the UCCA Handbook (1985) under the title Biotechnology. The aim of the thesis was to investigate the expectations of University Admissions Tutors when selecting applicants for these University degree courses. The investigation was by means of a questionnaire sent to all the Admissions" Tutors. In their replies they stated not only what they were looking for in successful applicants but also how they would like to see the school science curriculum change in order to improve the background of potential students. The current examination syllabuses for 1986 ware used as a way of gauging to what extent science courses prepared students for entry to these degree courses. By comparing Admissions'1 Tutors expectations with the current science syllabuses the extent of this match was determined. It should be noted that field work for this thesis was carried out between 1984 and 1986 and that GCSS and AS Level syllabuses ware not available for consultation at that ties. Admission Tutors were asked how they would like biotechnology to be represented in the school curriculum. Their suggestions have been discussed in light of the changes which were being wade to the school science curriculum.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1989
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:08 Feb 2013 13:38

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