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ERIC Number: EJ990368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
Teaching for Scientific Literacy: Bangladeshi Teachers' Perspectives, Practices and Challenges
Sarkar, Mahbub; Corrigan, Deborah
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v13 n1 Article 1 Jun 2012
This paper reports on the way three Bangladeshi science teachers perceive scientific literacy, translate their perspectives into classroom teaching, the values they consider pertaining scientific literacy and the issues they perceive as challenging in their teaching. Employing a case study approach, data in this research were gathered through observing each teacher teach a series of lessons of the General Science course, interviewing them twice--once before and once after the class observation, and interviewing their students in focus groups. Analysis of these data reveals that whilst participating teachers held a range of perspectives of scientific literacy, in practice they demonstrated limited capacity to translate their perspectives into their classroom teaching practice. They mostly promoted a culture of academic science that reduces the capacity to make science important to all students in their everyday lives and in developing scientifically literate students. The data also reveal that whilst teachers mostly perceived the importance of the curriculum-identified values, they experienced difficulties in finding suitable teaching approaches to promote these values. These findings may contribute to understanding science teachers' efforts to promote scientific literacy in a teaching-learning context that challenges teachers with an academically oriented, outdated and rushed curriculum, large class size, and a traditional assessment-oriented education system. (Contains 3 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh