RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORK FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF COMPILING BALANCED CURRICULA FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION

TitleRESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORK FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF COMPILING BALANCED CURRICULA FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsTõldsepp, A, Toots, V
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume2
Issue1
Start Page5-11
Date PublishedMarch/2003
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Keywordsbalanced curriculum, educational components, educational goals, scientific and technological literacy (STL)
Abstract

In this paper, research and development (R&D) work in the context of the current reforms in science education is analyzed from the perspective of compiling balanced curricula and syllabi for teaching science. We argue that science as a subject taught is not a rigid body of knowledge, rather than a style of life in rapidly evolving society. We consider the ideal paradigm of science education today as well as in the future as teaching balanced science according to balanced curricula in strongly social context based on psychological and didactical treatment. The main aim of science education is to achieve scientific and technological literacy (STL) among the students, to improve public understanding of science, and currently, to prepare future citizens. Compiling of the balanced curricula for science education should begin from establishing balance between educational goals aimed by the formation of STL. Implementing the balanced curricula demands the compiling of the balanced instructional system including balanced strategies and methodology for teaching science.

Refereed DesignationRefereed