Johnstone (2000) stressed to minimize the gap in research and practice. He claimed that by using the modern research findings we can create and increase the interest of students in the learning of scientific concepts. Similarly the problem of interest in occupation can also be solved. It is suggested that the modern research findings might be used to the optimum level to improve classroom
Introduction Many people in the world today believe that science literacy and education have succumbed to the rise of technological advancements, but is this really so? Scientists and science teachers strongly believe that it is because of science in the classroom that technology has advanced to the level it is today and more evidently, what it will become in the future. Science is all around us and as such we need to always be cognizant of the influences science has to the environment and the world at large. We are currently living in a knowledge based world and our young learners (Young Childhood and Primary aged) are well exposed to information from all around be it: the internet, television/radio or knowledgeable parents. Understanding this, we as teachers need to know how intrigued our learners are at getting information and as such be ready and well trained to provide it hence the reason, learning science at a young age is so crucial.
Thus, students must be interested and motivated to learn before learning will take place, and this success can result in learners trying to learn more. With this in mind, I believe that making the Science real, relevant and challenging for learners can help them to be more successful since these are the key aspects of motivating learners in learning Science. Making Science real can result in learners completing their assessments that tap into the reality of the learners and can also increase the possibility that will make them succeed in Science. Making Science relevant is another important aspect as it explains that what is relevant to a six year old about forces can be different from a ten year old. In addition of being real and relevant, science should also be challenging so as to push students to their best potential thus they will think it is boring once they mastered a topic.
The main idea of the employment of the sociocultural learning theory approach to learning can be achieved using the effect of scientific argumentation that make easy students talking science(Lemke, 1990). In addition, scientific argumentation also induces active involvement of students in constructing their own scientific
Scientific literacy is the ability to use the scientific process of logical deduction in everyday life. This has made it very important in modern society ever since the 16th century. As Hurd (1997) states, important figures throughout history such as Thomas Jefferson, James Wilkinson and Herbert Spencer have advocated for an education that propagates scientific literacy as an important building block of society. However, the method in which this propagation should take place has been rigorously debated. There are two sides to the debate, the first being the teachers who use typical teaching mechanisms to advocate scientific literacy while the other side are the teachers who prefer the unconventional instead (Pandian & Balraj, 2010).
Everywhere we go technology is present, and each day it gets more and more advanced in order to cater to the needs of individuals in society. Technology has made an impact on our lives both negatively and positively. Many people perceive technology as doing more harm than good however this is not the case. We as a society cannot continue with the mainstream ways of teaching that were employed in the 19th and 20th century, the world is constantly evolving and so are our children therefore we need to keep up-to-date with the technological advancements. Many teachers would be very welcoming of the use of technology in their classrooms even though it sometimes comes with many mishaps and risks, the outcome would be the schools’ curriculum having
Why? Bacause practical work is essential for developing student’s scientific knowledge. The learning of science should involve seeing, handling and manipulating real objects and materials and that teaching science will involve acts of ‘showing’ as well as ‘telling’ (Millar, 2004). In addition, students are able to communicate among themselves with the practical activity while committing to their task with their minds as as their hands. Students will be prompted to handle the phenomena at hand on conceptual level and at the same time promote to make links between the practical and theoretical understandings.
Study History helps us to understand the civilization and development of human. Study economy teaches us how to survival in the society, and for science, it tells us the nature of the universe and also ourselves. In the past, most of us learn science only through school curriculums or professional studies, but now, it’s time to step forward. We encourage students to learn outside classroom and discover by themselves. Therefore, ‘informal science education’ (Robelen, 2011) is being more and more important nowadays.
With the changing in rapidly of technology and science reform in evry day, science and technology are the key to economic development, successful industrialization and modern career, and science is mainly benefiting to develop the country with skilled workers and managers because it improves health system, education and infrastructures, to reach these positions it is very importance to invest the quality of education for students (Chetty, 2012). Beside the importance of Science in the world industrialization, in Lao PDR, also has its strategic development of Science from 2013-2020 and up to 2030. There are some issues to promote usage Science in economic development; teach basic science of early childhood and use Science into the life style of people; and many activities have been done to promote and encourage scientific and technical advances in agriculture, health, education and industries (Ministry of Science and Technology, 2012). In education issue, science education is an important for all students around the world because it improves science education to increase students’ abilities to access a wealth of scientific knowledge which can explain and give reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems around us. Science provides the development students’ thinking and skills for them to ask questions, to critically observe phenomena through their hypothesis and inference of results of experiments.
1. Recommendations Based on the learnings from the various countries, the following possible solutions can be proposed to increase the number of UAE high school students who choose science instead of literary subjects and I will share this recommendation with decision makers in the ministry of education . a) Reforming the science curriculum: 1. The first step is to look at how the science subjects are taught in high schools. Mostly, it is thought that science and technology subjects should only serve those who wish to study science at an undergraduate or post graduate levels.