The effects of Covid-19 on student transition from school to university in STEM subjects

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    Abstract

    Covid‑19 restrictions affected most of the post‑16 learning experience of the students who will begin university courses in STEM in the UK in autumn 2021. Ongoing disruption to learning culminated in the cancellation of normal A-level examinations which were replaced with teacher assessments. Informal discussion with secondary school teaching colleagues reveals some possible consequences for the students’ transition to degree level study in STEM subjects. The main suggestion is that, despite the resilience that students have shown both academically and socially, there have been significant omissions from the normally studied curriculum that may affect their progress on degree courses in STEM including: lack of experimental practice and skills, lack of specific subject knowledge and lack of experience of assessment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number3847
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    Number of pages4
    JournalNew Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences
    Volume16
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2021

    Keywords

    • COVID-19
    • transition
    • stem
    • Physical sciences

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