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Forensic dramas 'making science popular'

10/08/2010 Joanna
TV programmes such as CSI are prompting an increasing number of people to study science, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Guardian, Staffordshire University lecturer Jodie Dunnett said it is important to get people interested at a young age.

"You need to get the science in early and show children that it has so many uses and that it's not boring," she commented.

The institution recently launched a new BA course in forensic investigation, which Ms Dunnett says has "really taken off".

In addition, Staffordshire University has teamed up with the organisation Think Forensic to offer mock crime scene activity days for secondary school pupils.

Speaking earlier this year, Michael Reiss, professor of science education at the Institute of Education in London, said students need to be given more practical lessons in order to fully understand the subject.

He said that while many pupils feel that science is an important subject, most do not see the potential to become future scientists.ADNFCR-2164-ID-800020071-ADNFCR
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