EARLY SCIENCE TEACHING IN THE NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SLOVENIA

TitleEARLY SCIENCE TEACHING IN THE NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SLOVENIA
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsHus, V, Aberšek, B
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume6
Issue1
Start Page58-65
Date PublishedMarch/2007
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 482293
Keywordsempirical study, primary school, science education
Abstract

Focusing the problem of rapidly disappearing interest for natural science and technical studies the Slovene school system began to reform natural science and technical teaching from the beginning - from the primary level. The article presents the results of the empirical study, which monitored the changes of quality in early science teaching on primary level after changes of school system at the end of the millennium.
We have discovered that in most aspects the Environmental Studies teaching is of better quality (because it is more student oriented, the quality of knowledge is better etc.) if compared to the teaching of the Natural and Social Sciences regarding the observed didactic components. This can be seen as a result of different conceptual and didactic structures of the Environmental Studies and additional continuous work and team work of the teaching staff. Furthermore, it is due to a better material basis/financial status of the Environmental Studies lessons, a lower number of pupils in the class and also to the phenomenon of innovation. The fact that the pupils feel better and the teachers, as well as nursery nurses have a more positive attitude towards the subject, is very stimulating. The results of our research should, above all, contribute to the quality of planning, implementation and evaluation of the teaching of the Environmental Studies in the first year, as well as in the following two years of the nine-year primary school programme. We also consider them useful in the education of the future teachers and nursery nurses of the Environmental Studies in the primary school education.

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