ERIC Number: ED184806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Science Curricula in Australia: A National View.
This address presents the results of a nationwide survey of science educators throughout Australia, including teachers, curriculum workers, and teacher educators. These educators were asked to comment on three categories related to science education: (1) past trends, (2) aims, and (3) future trends. Results of the past trends questions indicate a shift of emphasis from recall of factual knowledge to a recognition that subject matter may be a vehicle for achieving broader objectives involving understandings, attitudes, and skills. Also, a greater understanding and use of objectives in the development of curricula, teaching sequences, and resources is suggested. Other trends include increased professionalism, movement away from centrally determined curricula and movement towards integrated science curricula. Significant aims identified in the survey include skill development, attitude development, and scientific literacy. Future trends emphasize optimism about the future, a more humanistic approach, and an increased role of values in the curriculum. The author presents the results and leaves the choice for the future to the educators. (MA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia).
Note: Theme address to Conasta XXVI, The Annual Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (Sydney, Australia, May 9, 1977)