ERIC Number: ED464248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Certificates in Science for Adults--Working towards Scientific Literacy.
ARIS Resources Bulletin, v13 n1 p5-8 Mar 2002
Australia's Certificates in Science for Adults (CSA) are designed for adults who left school early and/or who did not pursue science at school and who now want to improve their knowledge, understanding, and skills. The curriculum aims to advance purposes of diverse learners; provide adult students with credentials recognizing competence in science; and provide a range of education and training pathways. Issues and viewpoints that influenced it and shaped the view of science it promotes include scientific literacy and the science-technology relationship. Main emphases are that scientific questions and issues should be derived from curiosity about everyday experiences and adults should be able to read with understanding articles about science in the popular press, identify scientific issues and activities in their personal and local communities and on national and international bases, express scientifically and technologically informed opinions, think about and question the quality of scientific information, and understand scientific concepts and processes at the level needed for their everyday lives and experiences. Within each content area, these aspects of science have been identified: science inheritance, ethics, research, practical skills, and representation. The CSA has a series of modules at each of the first three levels of the Australian Qualifications Framework. The modules are Science in the Community; Exploring Science; Reading and Writing; and Numeracy and Mathematics. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Curriculum Development, Developed Nations, Educational Certificates, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Student Certification, Technological Advancement, Technology
Language Australia, GPO Box 372F Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia. Tel: 61-3-9926-4794; Fax: 61-3-9926-4780; Web site: http://aris.com.au/.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Adult, Community, and Further Education Board, Melbourne (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Language Australia, Melbourne (Victoria). Adult Education Resource and Information Service.
Identifiers - Location: Australia