ERIC Number: ED235018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Focus on the Syllabus. Learning in Science Project. Working Paper No. 8.
Osborne, Roger; And Others
The first (exploratory) phase of the Learning in Science Project focused on science teaching/learning in the Form 1 to 4 level (ages 10 to 14) and sought to identify problems and difficulties in several areas. Provided in this paper are comments obtained during structured/unstructured interviews (from teachers, headmasters, science advisers, and inspectors) and observations made by project staff related to the draft F1-4 science syllabus (the 1978 draft official science syllabus). The intent in presenting these comments/observations is not primarily to provide a balanced view of the good and bad aspects of Form 1 to 4 science, but rather to open up problem issues as project staff and others see them. Teachers' views about the syllabus are presented in the first section, addressing such issues as using or not using the syllabus, familiarity with the syllabus, and changes that should be made (including a greater emphasis on acquisition of process skills and desirable attitudes). The second section considers such issues as why science is being taught in schools and justifying the inclusion of science in the curriculum. Among the general conclusions and questions raised in the final section is the belief that the draft syllabus (presented in an appendix) contains educational and scientific weaknesses. (JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, Learning, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Teacher Attitudes
University of Waikato, Science Education Research Unit, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Waikato Univ., Hamilton (New Zealand).
Identifiers: Learning in Science Project; New Zealand; Science Education Research
Note: For related documents, see ED 226 976 and ED 235 011-030.