ERIC Number: ED059909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Some Trends in Science Education and Scientific Research in Ceylon, Presidential Address.
Although the Ceylonese Education Department based its revision of school science curricula on a 1963 UNESCO report, little use has been made of members of the universities. This has resulted in courses containing much confusion and absurdity, at least in biology. An alternative biology project was established by the Ceylon Association for the Advancement of Science, utilizing co-operative teams of school and university teachers, but it also has some drawbacks. The new courses, however, have not been adequately assessed in the public examinations which also serve as entrance examinations to the universities. The Education Department has imposed unsuitable assessment techniques which the universities are expected to help implement, even though they were not consulted during the development of procedures. There is evidence that there is official discrimination, based on racial origin, in selection for university admission. Too many university staff are not using adequate scientific criteria in their experimental design and publication activities; this will have deplorable consequences on education and on the provision of adequate scientific bases for the development of Ceylonese applied science. (Author/AL)
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Authoring Institution: Ceylon Univ., Peradeniya.