ERIC Number: ED356131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Science in the Schools. Monograph No. 3.
Birnie, Howard H.
The 1990-91 school year is the year of elementary science in Saskatchewan. Precipitated by the Core Curriculum revolution, the implementation of new curriculum in all subject areas from K to 12 begins with science in 1990-91 and continues with other subjects for almost ten years. Scheduled to be implemented after careful assessment and pilot projects are Arts Education in 1991-92, Language Arts and Mathematics in 1992-93, and other subjects in the following years. Science has been subject to the most thorough and extensive review, evaluation and re-design that any curriculum has undergone in the history of Saskatchewan education. As a result a new emphasis on developing scientific literacy and focusing on the uses of science has emerged. The articles in this monograph were written to describe, explain and support the new curriculum to practicing and prospective teachers and others. They were first published in the "Northerner," the weekly newspaper in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. They were written from a northern Saskatchewan base, but are totally applicable to all of Saskatchewan and beyond. Parts 1 to 4 outline the philosophy and characteristics of, and reasons for, the new program. Part 5 outlines scientific literacy; part 6 introduces the new emphasis on science, technology, society and environment; and part 10 gives examples of how the Common Essential Learnings, the heart of Core Curriculum, may be implemented in science. Articles 7 to 9 go into some detail in exploring the nature and epistemology of science in response to the exhortation of the Science Council of Canada to teach an authentic view of science in Canadian schools. Finally, part 12 traces the picture of the awakening science program in northern Saskatchewan. (Author)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada