SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE BASIC SCHOOL COURSE OF NATURAL SCIENCE
|Title||SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE BASIC SCHOOL COURSE OF NATURAL SCIENCE|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2004|
|Journal||Journal of Baltic Science Education|
|Type of Article||Original article|
|Keywords||learning patterns, natural science education, social skills|
One of the targets of natural sciences is the development of social skills of a student. The process involves a few important aspects such as education objectives (knowledge, social and learning skills, values), upbringing objectives, patterns of lessons, and needs of a student. Research shows that regarding the patterns of lessons different opinions exist between students and teachers. Currently, we are facing this problem. The documents of the European Union represent new views on the goals of education which also include the development of social skills.
* Latvia’s Education Concept emphasises that the objective of the educational process is to offer an opportunity for each student to develop him/herself mentally and physically and to build a strong, free, responsible and creative personality. It should be realised that both a student and a teacher share their responsibility in the organization of the process of natural science studies. Taking into consideration the above mentioned information we can assume that the efficiency of natural science lessons increases if different forms of studying are introduced. The variety applied in practice allows students to acquire different types of relationship, to co-operate with their piers and to be responsible for their decisions and actions;
* Studying methods and the forms of their implementation including models and techniques are chosen to prepare for a natural science lesson. A choice depends on the didactic objective students’ level of readiness to study and on a teacher’s background and knowledge. Didactic material for lessons demands an interchange of study forms as the changes in the content of studies demands study forms changes used to explore the topic. Educational objectives serve as the basis for using study forms.