NATURAL SCIENCE EDUCATION AT BASIC SCHOOL: SOME DIDACTIC ASPECTS

TitleNATURAL SCIENCE EDUCATION AT BASIC SCHOOL: SOME DIDACTIC ASPECTS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsLamanauskas, V
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume1
Issue1
Start Page25 - 35
Date PublishedMarch/2002
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Keywordsbasic school, natural science education, teaching process
Abstract

Some aspects of Natural Science Education at Lithuania’s Basic School are being researched in the article. It is being introduced a part of the survey “Situation and peculiarities of Natural Science Education at Basic School”, that took place in 2000/01 and was addressed to the essential didactic features. Particular attention is being paid to the analysis of the views and opinions of the teachers of Natural Science Education. Also, the view of teachers to the structure of Natural Science subjects, teaching methods, standardization and other questions, connected with Basic School, is being analyzed in the article.

The teachers of natural science estimate proposed natural science education at primary school rather critically. The young teachers, whose experience of teaching is less than a period of 5 years, are the most critical. The teachers of physics and biology estimate the standards of Natural Science Education the most benevolently and the teachers of chemistry are the most unfavorable with the present situation. The teachers of natural sciences prefer a problematic way of teaching (63% of respondents). The analysis of teachers’ estimations shows that the student books and the workbooks of the latest editions used at basic school virtually satisfy the requirements of Natural Science Education programs. The most important source of the latest information about natural science for the teachers is books. The Internet is still poorly used by the teachers of natural science. Only 11,5% of the teachers the most frequently find the latest information when using the Internet. According to the teachers, ecological and environmental problems at basic school in the content of Natural Science Education revealed insufficiently well.

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