ERIC Number: ED035557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in 1991.
Klopfer, Leopold E.
It is suggested that the dilemma at every level of science education has its roots in the discrepancy among the goals of science education appropriate for different groups of learners. Considered are the major goals of science education as applied to two groups of pupils - the prospective scientists and all students in general. For the prospective scientists, the primary goal of science education is to provide them with the basic preparation for their further professional studies. For every student at all levels, the goals are those which contribute to the individual's scientific literacy. The three components of scientific literacy were identified as (1) understanding of key concepts and principles of science; (2) understanding of the aims and processes of scientific inquiry, and (3) understanding of the interactions between science and the general culture. Based upon these goals of science education, the author speculates upon the key features of science instruction in 1991. He suggests that within secondary schools and colleges there be established two curricular streams: a Prospective Scientists Stream and a Scientific Literacy Stream. Each stream was discussed with examples of the concepts to be studied and instructional procedures to be used in the elementary school, secondary school, and college. (RR)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
Identifiers: Project TALENT; Theory Into Action