EDUCATION OF SCIENCE TEACHERS – SOME REMARKS FROM THE POLISH PERSPECTIVE

TitleEDUCATION OF SCIENCE TEACHERS – SOME REMARKS FROM THE POLISH PERSPECTIVE
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsJaniuk, RM
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume2
Issue2
Start Page38 - 48
Date PublishedMarch/2003
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Keywordseducation of teachers, science education
Abstract

Science education becomes more and more important in contemporary society. Its effects depend mainly on teachers. No wonder that in many countries the problem of science teachers’ education becomes of significant importance. This article presents topical problems connected with education and improvement of science teachers in Poland. First of all, there will be characterized the ways leading to obtain qualifications for doing teacher’s job, the regulations and important factors affecting the course and results of science teachers’ education. Then after discussing main principles governing science teachers’ education, their practical application will be presented based on the example of chemistry teachers’ education at M.C. Skłodowska University.

As results from the presented analysis the quality of science teachers education is mainly affected by the following factors:

- suitable requirements concerning the way and conditions of teachers education resulting from the policy of given country in this respect;

- proper choice of candidates for studies mainly conditioned by the situation in the society;

- ways and conditions of education provided in individual universities.

A direct influence of science teachers’ educators is possible only for the last factor. Therefore proper planning of the teacher education process and providing good conditions at each university play an important role. This requires creating a team of people engaged in this kind of job and at the same time searching for better organization and teaching methods used in this process. Precise description of aims resulting from the professional profile of the science teacher is significant in planning of science teacher education. Its aim should be first of all acquisition of proper skills by the students, indispensable in work of prospective teachers. In this context development of international cooperation, thanks to which searching for common ways of more effective science teachers’ education is possible, assumes significant importance.

Refereed DesignationRefereed