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ERIC Number: ED218066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Canada: The Basis for a Research Study.
Orpwood, Graham W. F.
A conceptual basis for a major study on science education in Canada to be conducted by the Science Council of Canada is presented. Section one explains the rationale behind the study. Different people argue that the relevance of science to daily living has been lost and that science education should therefore focus on the purpose of science rather than the content. This section also lists the three major aims of the study: (1) to establish a documented basis for describing the present purposes and general characteristics of science teaching in Canadian schools; (2) to conduct an historical analysis of science education in Canada; and (3) to stimulate active deliberation concerning future options for science education in Canada. Section two, the focus of the study, discusses the target of the study (elementary and secondary education, teacher education), dimensions of science education (begin with physical and biological sciences), and evidence of educational purposes (aims, goals, objectives, programs, textbooks, class events). The final section describes the procedures of the study as deliberate inquiry based upon political realities and identifies three phases: issue identification, data collection, and option development. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Science Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Science and Society; Science Education Research
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