SOME ASPECTS OF NATURAL SCIENCE LITERACY AND COMPETENCE OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

TitleSOME ASPECTS OF NATURAL SCIENCE LITERACY AND COMPETENCE OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsLamanauskas, V
JournalProblems of Education in the 21st Century
Volume36
Start Page5-9
Date PublishedDecember/2011
Type of ArticleEditorial
ISSN1822-7864
Other NumbersICID: 970321
Keywordsholistic concept, primary school, primary school teachers, scientific literacy
Abstract

Natural science competence of primary school teachers is one of the constituent parts of general professional competence. It is obvious that the students, would-be teachers (future teachers) of primary school, should receive considerably high education in the field of natural science education in the process of studies. Working primary school teachers should also develop their professional competence.
One of the most significant types of competence is supposed to be the one of primary natural science. The other types of competence (pedagogic, professional, objective, social, methodic, business, etc.) seem to be also consequential. However, the process of studies, as a rule, devotes much attention to the pedagogic-psychologic issues. The primary school teachers teach all subjects, and therefore their training is complex, specific and requires a carefully considered strategy. Primary school teacher training experience in Lithuania allows to state that natural science competence is minimum developed as it is not given enough attention. Similar problems can be noticed in other countries.
A holistic concept (Holism is an attitude that requires to perceive a phenomenon as a particular single wholeness that is not equal to the total amount of its constituents; it is the evolution theory declaring that the unknowable wholeness of the world determines its creative evolution) of natural phenomena is supposed to be highly important to primary natural science competence of the teacher. Finally, it is important to stress that natural science teaching in primary school be powerful and purposeful. It is obligatory to avoid the marginalization of natural science education (teaching and learning) at the primary school level. Natural science education in primary schools, by contrast, must be consistent and efficient, because it is the basis for deeper study of the natural sciences in secondary and higher education.

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